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Roberto Jose Aguayo (born May 17, 1994) is an American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Florida State University, where he was the most accurate kicker in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history and third in NCAA history.[1] He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Roberto Aguayo
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Aguayo in 2016
Free agent
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1994-05-17) May 17, 1994 (age 25)
Mascotte, Florida
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:South Lake
(Groveland, Florida)
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Field goals:22
Field goal attempts:31
Field goal %:71.0
Longest FG:43
Player stats at NFL.com

College careerEdit

 
Aguayo kicking against Georgia Tech

Aguayo redshirted for the 2012 football season, his freshman season at Florida State. Aguayo led the ACC in points with 157 and field goals converted with 21 in the 2013 season.[1] On December 12, 2013, Aguayo won the 2013 Lou Groza Award.[2] Aguayo led the ACC in field goals made with 27 in the 2014 season.[1] Aguayo announced his intention to forgo his senior season on January 6, 2016, to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. In his three years with Florida State, he successfully connected with 69-of-78 field goal attempts and on all 198 of his extra point attempts.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Aguayo with the 59th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.[3] They acquired the pick in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, sending their third and fourth-round selections. Aguayo was the first kicker selected in the second round since Mike Nugent, who was drafted 47th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.[3] On June 7, 2016, Aguayo signed his rookie contract, which included a $1.15 million signing bonus.[4][5] In Week 11, Aguayo went 4-for-4 on field goals and was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[6] However, Aguayo finished the 2016 season with the worst field goal percentage in the NFL amongst kickers making more than five attempts.[7] He went 22-of-31 on field goals as a rookie.

In the 2017 off-season, the Buccaneers signed Nick Folk to compete with Aguayo; his $750,000 guarantee was more than Aguayo's 2017 salary.[8] After missing a 47-yard field goal and an extra point in the Buccaneers' first preseason game, Aguayo was waived by the Buccaneers on August 12, 2017.[9]

Chicago BearsEdit

On August 13, 2017, Aguayo was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears.[10] He was waived by the Bears on September 2, 2017.[11]

Carolina PanthersEdit

On October 25, 2017, Aguayo was signed to the Carolina Panthers' practice squad.[12] He was released on December 12, 2017.[13]

Los Angeles ChargersEdit

On January 10, 2018, Aguayo signed a reserve/future contract with the Los Angeles Chargers.[14] He went perfect in the preseason (3-of-3 on field goals and 6-of-6 on extra points) and kicked the game-winning field goal in the Chargers' final exhibition.[15] He was waived on September 1, 2018 after losing the kicking job to Caleb Sturgis.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Aguayo's younger brother, Ricky Aguayo, took over place kicking duties for Florida State in 2016.[17]

Aguayo is of Mexican descent.[18] He lives in Jupiter, Florida, with his Pure Barre instructor wife Courtney Aguayo and their two toy poodles: Groza and Stella. He plays golf, and completed an internship with the PGA of America in 2019.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Roberto Aguayo". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  2. ^ McGuire, Kevin (December 12, 2013). "Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo wins Lou Groza Award". nbcsports.com.
  3. ^ a b Patra, Kevin (April 29, 2016). "Buccaneers trade up to take kicker Roberto Aguayo". NFL.com. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Buccaneers Sign K Roberto Aguayo". Tampa Bay Buccaneers. June 7, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Spotrac.com. "Roberto Aguayo". Spotrac.com. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Lam, Quang (November 23, 2016). "Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins among Players of Week". NFL.com.
  7. ^ "Field Goal % Made: 2016 NFL Season". SportingCharts.com. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  8. ^ Stroud, Rick (August 12, 2017). "Bucs cut beleaguered kicker Roberto Aguayo". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  9. ^ Patra, Kevin (August 12, 2017). "Kicker Roberto Aguayo waived by Buccaneers". NFL.com.
  10. ^ Shook, Nick (August 13, 2017). "Chicago Bears claim Roberto Aguayo via waivers". NFL.com.
  11. ^ Sessler, Marc (September 2, 2017). "Bears release Roberto Aguayo". NFL.com.
  12. ^ Henson, Max (October 25, 2017). "Panthers add Roberto Aguayo to practice squad". Panthers.com.
  13. ^ "Panthers Release K Roberto Aguayo & RB Jalen Simmons, Sign Two". December 12, 2017.
  14. ^ Henne, Ricky (January 10, 2018). "Chargers Sign Kicker Roberto Aguayo". Chargers.com.
  15. ^ https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2837765-roberto-aguayo-vs-the-yips
  16. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (September 1, 2018). "Chargers to waive Roberto Aguayo; Sturgis wins battle". NFL.com.
  17. ^ Weiler, Curt (January 7, 2016). "Ricky Aguayo has opportunity his brother did not". Tomahawk Nation. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  18. ^ "Roberto Aguayo Finishes his Father's Journey".
  19. ^ Fader, Mirin (May 28, 2019). "ROBERTO AGUAYO VS. THE YIPS". Bleacher Repost. Retrieved May 29, 2019.

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