Martin Gramatica was an Argentine-American former American Football player. For the majority of his early professional career, he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before retiring from professional football, he played for the New Orleans Saints.
While with the Buccaneers, Gramatica won Super Bowl XXXVII. Other NFL teams he has played for include the Indianapolis Colts and the Dallas Cowboys. He was also signed to the New England Patriots in 2006.
Early Life and High School Career
Gramatica was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 27, 1975. He moved with his family to the United States when he was nine years old and they settled in LaBelle, Florida.
|Height / weight||1.73 m / 77 kg|
|Born||27 Nov 1975|
|New Orleans Saints||2007 - 2008|
|Dallas Cowboys||2006 - 2007|
|New England Patriots||2006|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1999 - 2003|
Martin attended the LaBelle High School. He was initially only interested in playing soccer, but then he caught the eye of the high school football coach for his kicking. He was eventually convinced to try out as the team’s kicker.
He started playing on the football varsity when he was in his senior year at LaBelle.
Kansas State University Career
He received some College offers and eventually went with the one from Kansas State University. When he was a freshman, Gramatica ranked 8th in the Big Eight Conference. He scored 57 points and made 6 out of 9 field goals. When he was a sophomore, he made 7 out of 10 field goals.
In 1996, he tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) one week before the season started. He was granted a medical redshirt. When he was a junior in 1997, he posted 19 out of 20 field goals and scored 94 points.
As a junior, he received the Lou Groza Award. This is presented to placekickers in College Football by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
In his senior year, he scored 135 points, which is an NCAA record for the most points scored by a kicker. He was also again considered for a Lou Groza Award. He came in second. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Social Science.
Kansas State Legacy
In the four years that Gramatica played for Kansas State University, he became the University’s greatest placekicker. He made 54 out of 70 field goals and has a school record of 349 points.
In 2008, he was inducted into the Kansas State Ring of Honor. Later in 2013, he was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Early NFL Career and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gramatica was drafted during the 1999 NFL Draft. He began his rookie season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He would stay with the team from 1999 to 2004. Early in his career, he was known for jumping to celebrate a field goal’s success. He stopped eventually after his brother tore his ACL celebrating in the same manner.
In 2002, he helped the Buccaneers win Superbowl XXXVII. During the game, he made 2 field goals and became the first Argentine-born player to take part in the final game. He would later go on to sign a $14.5 million contract with the Buccaneers, making him one of the best-paid Argentines sportsmen.
Drop in Accuracy
There was a notable drop in his accuracy towards the end of 2003. This continued through to 2004 even with signing to a new team – the Indiana Colts.
He would later reveal to The New Press in an interview that he believed his drop in accuracy was because of torn muscles in his lower abdomen and lower abductor. He had these surgically repaired but he would still be out of play while rehabilitating.
In 2006, Gramatica signed with the New England Patriots. He only played with them during the pre-season. In September of that year, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts again and appeared in three games.
In November 2006, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys and signed a winning 46-yard field goal in a game against the New York Giants. He was released by the Cowboys in 2007. In December of that year, he signed with the New Orleans Saints. He would play with them through to 2008.
- 1999- 2003 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 2004 - Indianapolis Colts
- 2006 - New England Patriots
- 2006 - Indianapolis Colts
- 2006-2007 - Dallas Cowboys
- 2007-2008 - New Orleans Saints
College Career Highlights and Awards
- 1997, 1998 - First-team All-Big 12
- 1997 - First-team All-American
- 1997 - Lou Groza Award
- 1998 - Second-team All-American(1998)
NFL Career Highlights and Awards
- XXXVII - Super Bowl Champion
- 2000 - Pro Bowl
- 2000 - Second-team All-Pro
- 1999 - NFL All-rookie team
- 1999, 2002 - NFC Special TeamsPlayer of the Month
NFL Career Statistics
Games played: 109
Field goal attempts: 203
Field goals: 155
Field goal %: 76.4