Nickey attended Jonathan Alder High School in Plain City, Ohio, and wore number 2, and was an All-Ohio running back. He also played free safety in football. In addition to his football talent he was selected as an All-State center fielder as part of the 1998 OHSAA State Championship team (baseball).
Nickey was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 5th round (19th pick) of the 2003 NFL Draft. He has played his entire career with the Tennessee Titans. Most of his time comes in on special teams, where he has been a standout.
He was released by the Titans on July 25, 2011.