Roberto Aguayo Was Fired And HBO Recorded It All For ‘Hard Knocks’
Last year, we told you the story of Roberto Aguayo, the Mexican-American kicker who was so good in college that he was picked in the second round of the NFL Draft. Aguayo practiced kicking footballs at home, after his father built a field goal in their backyard for his son to practice on. Aguayo eventually earned a scholarship to Florida State University, where he became the most accurate kicker in college football history.
Unfortunately for Aguayo, he struggled during his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were criticized for choosing a kicker in the second round of the NFL draft (kickers are usually drafted in late rounds).
The 23-year-old didn’t just miss field goals, he also struggled with extra points, which are now taken at the 15-yard line.
A tribute to all of Roberto Aguayo's misses. Thanks for everything, PT.1. Video credit to Holyfield on YouTube pic.twitter.com/TPHINz5UN1
— Justin⚡️21 days (@Girardi1fan) August 13, 2017
Aguayo was hoping to bounce back, but his struggles continued into this year’s NFL preseason.
In this clip from HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks,’ we see that even Aguayo’s teammates would take digs at him during practice.
Roberto Aguayo has to be the least respected teammate in NFL History pic.twitter.com/bq2dANUvJW
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) August 15, 2017
And things only got worse during a preseason game versus the Cincinnati Bengals, when Aguayo missed an extra point and a 47-yard field goal.
After his performance versus the Bengals, Aguayo was let go. And, yes, HBO’s “Hard Knocks”captured the moment Aguayo was released from the team.
Wow. K Roberto Aguayo being told that he was being released by Tampa Bay. pic.twitter.com/VojCMbsznM
— LeadingNFL ™ (@LeadingNFL) August 16, 2017
When the news was broken to him, Aguayo remained mostly quiet. After being thanked for his services, he replies only “Thank you.”
CREDIT: Credit: Hard Knocks / HBO
It must be difficult to hear you’ve been let go just one year into your football career.
Some wondered why the Bucs were so quick to release Aguayo. Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski, one of the league’s most consistent kickers, also had a rough rookie season.
Roberto Aguayo (59th overall pick):
Sebastian Janikowski (17th overall pick):
Both from Florida State
— Barry McCockiner ? (@Sp0rtsTalkJoey) August 12, 2017
Although the Bucs decided to move on, Aguayo’s career isn’t over. The Chicago Bears signed Aguayo after his release, hoping the young kicker can provide competition against veteran Conor Barth.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 13, 2017
Aguayo told ChicagoBears.com that he’s going to push forward: “I know the integrity and what I have inside me. That doesn’t define me as a man. I’m defined by how I keep my head up and keep pushing. That’s in the past now. Yeah, at the time it hurt. But there’s new opportunities and I’m here now, so this is my next opportunity and I’m looking forward to making the most of it.”