Best Wildcats to Play in the NFL – Number 9: Martin Gramatica
NFL kicker from 1999-2008
Before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were trading up to draft kickers in the second round of the draft, they selected former Kansas State Wildcat kicker Martin Gramatica in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft.
It might seem crazy that one of Kansas State’s best alum in the pros was a kicker, but it’s hard to overlook Martin Gramatica.
Gramatica had kicked the longest field goal in K-State history (65 yards) and showed that his college kicking career was no fluke. He made it to the NFL in 1999 and went on to become one of the best kickers in the league during his tenure with Tampa Bay.
Gramatica was a member of the Tampa Bay Super Bowl squad in 2002 and kicked 32 field goals through the upright that season.
This stat, courtesy of Robert Price at FOX Sports, is most impressive when it comes to speaking of Gramatica’s career.
"Throughout his nine-year NFL career, Gramatica only missed two of his 230 extra-point attempts and converted 76.4 percent (155 for 203) of his field-goal attempts."
It might seem crazy that one of Kansas State’s best alum in the pros was a kicker, but it’s hard to overlook Martin Gramatica and what he was able to do in both college and in the pros.
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