There may not be a more pressure-packed moment in an NFL career than having the opportunity to kick the game-winning field goal in the final moments of the Super Bowl. This is a moment that some might want to shy away from.
But not Graham Gano.
The Carolina Panthers' kicker this year has made 28 of 32 field goal attempts inside of 50 yards and two of four attempts over 50 yards. This week he was asked about whether or not he has thought about the Super Bowl coming down to a final field goal attempt: "I’ve been thinking about that since I first started playing. I am hoping for it, so hopefully it does come down to that. I hope that every game and that is what makes my job the most fun.”
This season Gano has plenty of experience walking out on the field for a field goal attempt with the game on the line. Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Gano made two fourth quarter field goals that helped secure the 27-16 victory in Week 7. The following week, the Panthers' needed their kicker again as he made two field goals in overtime, including a 52-yard game winner, after the Panthers' blew a 23-6 fourth quarter lead against the Indianapolis Colts.
Then in Week 15, with the Panthers once again seeing a second half lead disappear, Gano nailed a 43-yard field goal as time expired to beat the NY Giants 38-35.
“I don’t get nervous," Gano said when asked if nerves were setting in as Super Bowl 50 approached. "I used to get nervous earlier on in my career, but I have been playing for 7 or 8 years now. Even two weeks ago in the NFC Championship, I think at the beginning I had a few butterflies in my stomach, but I think you only get nervous if you aren’t prepared and we do a good job preparing.”