Buccaneer Magazine's Game MVP: K Martin Gramatica

August 18 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Martin Gramatica provided the only points for the Pewter Pirates in a penalty-filled 7-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night, and is the Buccaneer Magazine Pewter Player of the Game.

The Bucs' first-string offense showed some improvement over last week's debacle against the Miami Dolphins. They moved the football better on the ground and through the air thanks to better play from the offensive line. But instead of producing touchdowns, the offense had to rely on the kicking leg of Pro Bowler Martin Gramatica.

Gramatica nailed two field goals, including a 58-yarder that would have been good from about 65 yards. Gramatica's longest field goal in the NFL was 55 yards, and the team record is 57 yards, but those marks will still stand as Gramatica's kick doesn't count in the record books because it's only preseason.

Gramatica owns the NCAA record for the longest field goal without a tee. His 65-yarder for the Kansas State Wildcats in 1998 is his longest kick on record, although the sure-footed kicker from Argentina has booted successful field goals from 70 yards in practice.


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