“The specialists are often put to the side and people think that we’re not working, and that we’re just indoors sitting down or whatever. You can put at the pylon. Roberto and Ricky loved kicking, but no kid loves anything that much. Or maybe he was just new to the NFL, trying to adjust like every other rookie, just like Vinatieri had to. But as two unlikely foes clash, the thirst for a title remains strong. FYI, Ricky's brother is former FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo, who was later drafted by the Tampa Bay Bucs. ... the Seminoles until he was drafted … Tell him he should be in a L’Oreal commercial. “At the end of the day, we’re nineteen, twenty, twenty-one-year-old kids. But you want to bore the coaches, you bore the fans, you bore everyone with, ‘Oh, he’s gonna make it.’ You know, no excitement. Then you start getting bored.”, The games gets tense. RB Ricky Williams, 5th overall 1999, Saints: Mike Ditka infamously dealt his entire '99 draft — plus a first (2nd overall) and third-rounder in 2000 — to Washington in order to get … 2020 NFL MOCK DRAFT. In the court of public opinion, the frat guys were the clear villains. No one expected anything from him. [7] He went 22-of-31 on field goals as a rookie. The thing is, Aguayo wasn’t perfect in college. It wasn’t Roberto’s idea to get drafted way too high, so high that even his misses in practice got covered on SportsCenter, so high that the price could be repaid only with a pound of his flesh. Ricky Aguayo, K, Jousters, 6-0, 207 pounds: Aguayo is the younger brother of famed Tampa Bay Buccaneer bust, Roberto Aguayo. Roberto Sr. had them kicking some kind of ball since the moment they could swing their legs. Few athletes, though, have ever come back to earth so quickly and so publicly as Roberto Aguayo, and it’s hard to think of another recent player who’s been punished more harshly for it. In three seasons at Florida State he never once missed an extra point, 198 for 198, but the season before he arrived in the NFL, the league backed up PATs 10 yards, turning what had always been a gimme kick into a very missable 33-yarder. Tallahassee is the South, the Deep South, where college football is king and you get yelled at on the street if you screw up. “Stop yelling at all the kids, they’re not going to go pro—except for Ricky.” That’s what it was like for both Aguayos. And he didn’t know they’d put it on TV a few days later. And so did Aguayo. FSU's Roberto Aguayo becomes 1st kicker in 16 years to declare early for NFL Draft Aguayo leaves college football as the all-time most accurate kicker, making 96.7 percent of … He’s only 24 years old. It’s silly, of course, but sillier things have wormed their ways into athletes’ heads and chewed up their nerves. There was a small forest behind the house, so the boys would split the uprights, try to clear the power lines, and then go hunt in the woods for the ball. Aguayo is leaving school just as his younger brother has arrived on campus. Devin Gordon is a freelance writer based in New York City. Of letting everyone down. Remember the scene in Any Given Sunday, when the steroid-raging pass rusher tosses the kicker out of a bathroom stall like a used tissue—“Kicker! [14] It was a special summer for the Aguayo family, Roberto and Ricky kicking together, their parents staggered by their luck, both of their boys playing within a few hours from home, their father, Roberto Sr., who tried three times to cross the border from Mexico, who almost died the time he finally made it for good, millimeters from drowning in the Rio Grande, now with one of his sons about to play in the NFL, and the other replacing him at an elite college program, the Aguayo boys booming, a straight climb through the uprights. Ricky Aguayo is also a kicker and is one of seven early enrollees eligible to take part in spring practice. In week two, Aguayo nailed all five of his attempts including a 50-yarder. The Patriots didn’t trade up to select him. Pretty soon the only sound is thhhhwomp . His little brother. But on November 26, as his brother’s woes were hitting their peak, he missed two of his three field goal attempts against archrival Florida. He was drafted to win a Super Bowl. A kicker who never misses, even under pressure, even in a Super Bowl, from almost anywhere past the 50-yard line—those guys are super rare, and limitlessly valuable. Aguayo spent most of 2016 under a microscope thanks to the fact that the Buccaneers traded up to select him in the second round of the NFL Draft. It had been 11 years since a kicker was taken in the second round. The question is whether his big brother will still be in the NFL when he arrives. Not this soon. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Aguayo with the 59th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. But he wanted to do it to get better," Aguayo says. We’re sitting in an office in the athletic complex at Doak Campbell, a long way from the vibe of a Florida State home game. By the time they were in junior high, the yard wasn’t big enough anymore to hold them, and they lost about a dozen footballs in those woods. The spring of 2016 was a special time for the Aguayos. Only a handful have existed, Adam Vinatieri being the GOAT, and they’re all Hall of Famers, or will be soon, and they’re all rich. In fact, it would turn out to be his last game with the Bucs—the last NFL regular season game he’s played in to this day. Submit Sample. In week two, Aguayo nailed all … Vinatieri, though, was not a second-round pick. Like a poison, or some kind of curse? He didn’t get a $1 million signing bonus. On the cover of GQ. and then three years later, watch his kid brother come along and do the exact same thing, like a superpower passed down the genetic line. Even if they’re still good enough to hang on—sometimes even if they’re good enough to start—their careers depend on making peace, fast, with what they are now: ordinary. Roberto might not get many more chances—he knows that. His senior year, he missed five field goal attempts, and his longest make was just 51 yards. These massive people, magical athletes, blessed with video game strength and speed and instincts, bash each other’s brains in for 60 minutes, and then this guy, this stranger, this rando comes onto the field for five seconds and decides whether or not you’re a Super Bowl champion for the rest of your life. The whole night had an electric vibe for Ricky—the next great Aguayo, announcing himself in theatrical fashion. Winner of the Lou Groza Award as a sophomore for the nation’s top kicker, and secret weapon of FSU’s last NCAA championship team in 2013. Player profile for Ricky Aguayo (K). But in Tallahassee, in late July, in humidity so thick you can write your name in it, distractions grow out of thin air. That was that. Florida State kicker Ricky Aguayo told police that members of a fraternity started a fight with him in 2016, but video may show otherwise. “Looking like I am right here—legs crossed, arms up on the bench, just sitting here, just watching like a fan,” Tyler says. . For them, there is no narrative, there is no score, no crowd. Their next game was the Orange Bowl in Miami against Michigan, on December 30. Doesn’t bother him at all. And because when the Aguayo brothers are playing, they never miss. “I can call it, and I can hit it,” Roberto says. Imagine deciding the outcome of a basketball game by bringing in a kicker to plunk a basketball off the backboard from the opposite baseline. “Keep dreamin’, kid.” And then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did just that, trading away two picks in order to move up to take Aguayo in the second round, immediately marking him as the most hyped rookie placekicker the NFL had ever seen. You keep trying until you don’t fail. They only touch the football with their hands; you only touch the football with your foot. Seeing his brother Roberto's success made him want to try kicking, and soon after he found out he was just as good. You acquire a nickname, invariably humanoid, like Greg “Legatron” Zuerlein of the Rams or, in the 2000s, Martin “Automatica” Gramatica. The Aguayo brothers, Roberto and Ricky, like to play a game at the end of workouts called IT. Racing bareback horses is a centuries old Native American tradition. Yes, Roberto Aguayo was a mistake. “Wherever you want.” You can put the ball at midfield. Tallahassee isn’t south Florida, or even central Florida, where the Aguayos grew up, outside Orlando. Such a little brother. Over and over he made them kick. “We want to be forgettable,” Tyler says. Roberto played well for the Chargers during their preseason, kicking the winning field goal in their final game. At the draft combine that April, Roberto told Sports Illustrated that his goal was to get drafted in the second round. 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. “Sometimes you wanna narrow those uprights,” says Roberto. You can go all the way into the back corner of end zone and hook it through. It’s a remarkable thing, making all eleven of your kicks in a single game; just as remarkable is even getting a chance to kick eleven times in a single game, including six field goal attempts. [13], On January 10, 2018, Aguayo signed a reserve/future contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. First soccer, then football. They want to be a metronome, set slow. “It kind of gets addicting after a while.”. ESPN used to show highlights of kickers getting laid out on return touchdowns; now you’re more likely to see the reverse—a kicker flattening some speedy little fidget spinner into the turf. Florida State kicker Ricky Aguayo, the younger brother of former Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo, was a suspect in the burglary and killing of a … He’d seen this exact moment before, when some nameless kid gets summoned to the general manager’s office and told to bring along his playbook. Sometimes Roberto tries to worm his way into Ricky’s head, but it’s whispered, psychological warfare, not the goofy burns his teammates throw at him. Now, marketed as “America’s first extreme sport,” it’s reaching new audiences. The fight continued ... and at one point, Ricky's teammate Ryan Izzo (tight end) tries to save Ricky and physically breaks up the fight. But for Snyder, there's more to the sport than winning it all. He remembers each miss. So much has been said and written about what happened during Roberto’s rookie season that it’s become necessary to set the record straight about what didn’t happen. It didn’t help that placekickers looked so shrimpy compared to everyone else—the dad-bod frames, the single-bar helmets. The selection made Aguayo … This time, though, the circumstances were different. Why would you want to be bored? Roberto missed a PAT in his first preseason game. You keep trying until you never fail. He didn’t know everyone would watch it happen. However, Aguayo, once he got past an ugly start to his rookie season, wasn’t that much worse than a … . Invade his space. And Ricky’s came fast. “It’s fascinating to watch that dynamic flip, because they are extremely close.”. “You want to be one of those guys that just goes out there and does what he needs to do, and nobody really remembers you.”. All in all, a big success. [11], On October 25, 2017, Aguayo was signed to the Carolina Panthers' practice squad. You can feel it too. But no kicker has ever been worth a … After one make, Ricky dropped all pretensions of calm, steady, robotic kicker cool, pointing an imaginary needle at his forearm and shouting “I’ve got ice in my veins”—the boast made famous by D’Angelo Russell, who, let’s remember, unveiled it in a game against the awful Brooklyn Nets, during a season in which the Lakers would win just 17 games. He tried so many times to cross the border, got caught, got sent back, tried again, then again, and now that he was here, his sons were going to be professional athletes. That’s obviously not the case.” People—like fans, outsiders? Despite getting burned after trading up to pick kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round in 2016, the Buccaneers decided to spend a fifth-round pick on Utah kicker Matt Gay in this year's draft. Pressure of missing another kick. The 2017 season was a wash for Roberto. No kid grows up dreaming of doing something so well that they vanish. After Roberto’s lousy preseason, Ricky got booed in Tampa during a road game against South Florida. [4][5] In Week 11, Aguayo went 4-for-4 on field goals and was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Aguayo wasn’t drafted to win games. “If I hit the upright, you gotta hit it.” He says this like it’s no big deal—hitting an eight-inch-thick pole from 40 yards away—but for Roberto and Ricky Aguayo, yeah, it kind of is no big deal. He would have to be in order to justify the price that Tampa paid. Florida State kicker Ricky Aguayo, the younger brother of former Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo, was a suspect in the burglary and killing of a turtle at the now defunct Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He’s pretty good. His friends. For a kicker, though, or for a punter, or a holder, or a long snapper, it’s usually a bad sign when everyone is shouting your name. It’s the job. He plays golf, and completed an internship with the PGA of America in 2019. Sometimes a missed kick matters less than when you miss it. “Outsiders,” he says. Ricky would have to be perfect from day one. The stereotype is still there, though, and it’s not entirely wrong. “And then we’re like, ‘Hey man, sudden death.’”. Nothing does, really, not even Roberto. They make fun of his hair, call him Pretty Ricky. I want this one. Roberto Jose Aguayo (born May 17, 1994) is a former American football placekicker. There is no backyard, no woods, no I or T if you miss, no brother trying to get under your skin. Roberto Jose Aguayo (born May 17, 1994) is an American football placekicker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). [9], On August 13, 2017, Aguayo was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears. It angered him that such a painful, private moment got shown on TV, but he tried to take it stride. His senior year, he missed five field goal attempts, and his … That doesn’t work either. He was drafted to win a Super Bowl. His NCAA record for career accuracy—88.5 percent—still stands. “Like calling backboard,” Roberto says. I tweeted during last year’s draft that Aguayo wasn’t a great kicker and the Buccaneers shouldn’t have drafted him. Aguayo led the ACC in points with 157 and field goals converted with 21 in the 2013 season. Drafting Roberto Aguayo was a dumb move, but it isn't the worst move ever. Then he laughs. “He wants to be the best kicker that ever played here,” Tyler says. … Ricky remembers a Pop Warner game when his coach was riding the kids for their effort, and finally one of the moms in the crowd decided she’d had enough. thhhhwomp, and then the ball somersaulting through the uprights. “That’s one thing Coach Fisher”—Jimbo Fisher, the head coach at FSU until he left for Texas A&M this winter—“told us. You score in a totally different spot on the field. Of being drafted in the second round out of Florida State in 2016 after Tampa Bay traded up for him in a stunning move. 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