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Roberto Aguayo gets advice from a Tampa Bay kicker with a Super Bowl ring

They both started off their athletic endeavors in soccer before switching over to American football, but Martin Gramatica's kicking career in the NFL started in 1999, nearly two decades before Roberto Aguayo was picked in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft.

Both players were drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gramatica, an Argentine, won the 2002 Super Bowl with Tampa Bay.

In a recent interview with ESPN Deportes, Gramatica expressed that he was very happy for Aguayo, believing Aguayo deserved his spot on the team because of his quality kicking skills. He warned the Mexican-American kicker not to be distracted by the fame and money of the NFL and to stay focused on the job at hand.

"Cada patada vale en la NFL," says Gramatica in Spanish, which means every kick counts in the NFL.

Gramatica, who was drafted in the third round by the Bucs, acknowledged that there is extra pressure on Aguayo because of his high draft position. Gramatica noted that people will be more inclined to complain if Aguayo falters at all in his adjustment to the pro league. But Gramatica counseled Aguayo to remember that the most important pressure is that which a player places on himself to do well, no matter the expectations of others. The Argentine kicker remarked on Aguayo's high accuracy rate in college, and expressed his opinion that Aguayo will do well in the NFL.

Indeed, Aguayo may be even more valuable to the Bucs given his accuracy not only with field goals and extra points, but also on kickoffs -- especially now when touchbacks on kickoffs will come out to the 25-yard line instead of the 20. Aguayo's ability to place his kickoffs, leaving them short of the goal line, is called "mortar" kicks. The "mortar" kick is an attempt made by the kickoff team to reduce returns by sacrificing distance for hang time so that the coverage unit has more time to get downfield.

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