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This Latino Kicker Is So Good, An NFL Team Made An Unusual Move Just To Get Him

Meet Roberto Aguayo. He’s the dude in the middle. In case you’re wondering why he’s flanked by two big football players…

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It’s because they’re teammates. Well, they were teammates. For the past three years, Aguayo was a kicker for Florida State University.

Last year's success is today's expectation.

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And he was just drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft.

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Most NFL teams don’t draft kickers in the second round. But Aguayo was too good to pass up.

How good was he in college?

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REALLY GOOD. Over his career, Aguayo was perfect (49 out of 49) for field goals inside 40 yards. Oh, and he also made all 198 of his extra point kicks.

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Basically, Aguayo is the most accurate kicker in college football history.

He’s pretty good at paper football, too.

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That’s Aguayo having a little fun with ACC Digital Network reporter Jeff Fischel, who challenged the young kicker to a game of paper football. Aguayo’s first “kick” was straight up the middle and hit Fischel between his eyes. How’s that for aim?

Aguayo credits his father, an immigrant from Mexico, for helping him become a beast at kicking.

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Aguayo, who excelled at soccer and football, says his father built an H-shaped goal in their backyard that served as both a soccer goal and a football goal post. Once Aguayo decided to focus strictly on football, he was able to practice his kicking at home.

The 21-year-old kicker cites his father’s work ethic as an inspiration.

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Aguayo’s father grew up on a ranch near Leon, Guanajuato, in Mexico and decided to move to the U.S. when he was 18. He eventually settled in Florida. His goal, like many immigrants, was to make enough money to support himself and send money back to his family.

Although his father put in long hours at a tree farm, Aguayo told ESPN that his father still made time for him on days off: “I just wanted to hang by the pool with my friends, but he’d wake us up early, at 6 o’clock. He’s out in the sun all day [at work], so I’m surprised he had the energy, and that motivated me. When people ask me how I have such a strong leg and this ability, I go back to those days.”

Aguayo also told Sports Illustrated he respects his father for making tough sacrifices.

La Familia has arrived in Cali, getting closer and closer to the biggest game of my career!

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“He came over illegally, and there are a lot of people who do that, but they do that for a better life. There was no money over there. My uncle [living in Mexico] will work and make about $10 a day, and that’s not enough to support the family. My dad wanted to have something better for my family.”

Soon, Aguayo will be reunited with former FSU teammate Jameis Winston, who is the starting quarterback for Tampa Bay.

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What will Florida State do to replace their star kicker? They’ve already recruited Roberto’s younger brother, Ricky.

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Drew Brees Apologizes After Making Statement Criticizing Protesting For Racial Justice

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Drew Brees Apologizes After Making Statement Criticizing Protesting For Racial Justice

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Thousands of people have been protesting in the streets of major U.S. cities for days demanding justice after George Floyd was killed. People are demanding a change to police reform and the Black Lives Matter movement is at the center of that fight.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is not a fan of kneeling in protest.

In an interview with Yahoo! Business, Brees spoke on the peaceful kneeling protests. While thousands of people continue to march and protest to demand justice, Brees gave a sound bite that has not done him any favors.

“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said in the interview. “And is everything right with our country right now? No. It’s not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together. We can all do better. And that we are all part of the solution.”

Brees seems to have missed why protesters were kneeling during the national anthem.

ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon took issue with Brees’s statement for calling into question someone’s patriotism if they kneel during the national anthem.

“I believe the apology. I believe it was as sincere as and as heartfelt as he could possibly be and it reflects that,” Wilbon said in an interview. “That’s not my point today and I’m angry today, Tony. Even Drew Brees in his apology, he doesn’t address what it was that ticked off so many people, including me, which is essentially the questioning of anybody, and let’s say that anybody in this case if black people, who want to take a knee and have a protest during the national anthem when the flag is raised at sporting events.”

Brees apologized on Instagram after receiving backlash for his comments.

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I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused. In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character. This is where I stand: I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference. I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today. I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community. I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement. I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right. I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy. I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.

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His apology has been received with mixed reviews. Some people have come to Brees’s support claiming his message has been misunderstood. Others, like Wilbon see the apology as a half-apology coming from a need to preserve a public image, not a genuine reflection on his actions.

One of the people to have forgiven Brees is teammate Michael Thomas.

Michael Thomas is a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints and he was one of the first to come to Brees’s defense after he issued his apology. Several other teammates came to his defense and all of them expressed both a disappointment at Brees’s insensitive comments and a willingness to forgive him after see his apology and feeling it genuine.

What do you think about Brees’s comments?

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NFL Cancels International Games For 2020 Season Because Of The Same Thing Canceling Everything Else

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NFL Cancels International Games For 2020 Season Because Of The Same Thing Canceling Everything Else

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The NFL has made some limited successes in breaking into an international audience. Part of that strategy has been playing games abroad. Mexico City and London have hosted several NFL games to bring the American sport to international crowds. However, like everything else we love, the NFL is canceling these games because COVID-19 is still a thing.

The NFL is canceling its London and Mexico City games for the 2020 season.

The NFL is canceling the games because of the uncertainty surrounding travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has infected more than 1.2 million Americans and killed more than 77,000. The U.S. has the highest infection and death numbers in the world from the pandemic.

Officials for the NFL made the decision to move the games from abroad for the overall goal of stopping the spread of COVID-19.

“After considerable analysis, we believe the decision to play all our games domestically this season is the right one for our players, our clubs, and all our fans in the US, Mexico, and UK,” NFL executive vice president, chief strategy and growth officer Christopher Halpin said in a statement. “We greatly appreciate the support of our governmental and stadium partners in Mexico and the United Kingdom, who all agree with this decision, and we look forward to returning for games in both countries in the 2021 season.”

As some countries begin to ease some of their lockdown measures, the fear of a second wave is looming over the global community. Some countries have already seen some second spikes that they have fought to combat.

International fans of the sport are saddened by the news but understand.

The international games are the only chance for foreign fans to enjoy American football. With a few games a year, these fans really look forward to finally being able to don their favorite team’s jersey to cheer them on to victory.

“We also thank our incredible fans in those territories for their passionate support of the NFL,” Halpin said in a statement. “We will continue to serve them through our outstanding media partners and by being active supporters of both grassroots football and COVID-19 relief efforts in Mexico and the UK.”

Even American fans are sad that the teams are missing out on their international games.

If there is one thing that football fans love it is more football. The international games would play in the morning in the U.S. offering a full day of football before Saturday Night Foot. It is hard to overdo something that you love and football is something that people who love really love.

There was one thing of which all of the fans on social media agreed.

The Jaguars in an international game? For some fans, it was too much to understand. The Jacksonville team is not the most popular in the league and their season is calling for 16 away games this season.

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