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7 Martin Gramatica K
Originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round (80th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft...Signed by the Patriots on April 6, 2006.
Spent his first six years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1999-2004) and Indianapolis Colts (2004). He was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2000 season. The 5-foot-8-inch, 170-pound kicker has converted 137-of-179 career field goals (76.5 percent) and 181-of-183 career extra points (98.9 percent). In seven career playoff games, Gramatica has converted 11-of-12 field goals (91.7 percent) and all 15 extra point attempts. The Kansas State product was originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round (80th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. He holds Tampa Bay’s all-time career records for scoring (591 points), field goals made (137) and field goals attempted (179). He also owns the top three single-season scoring performances in Tampa Bay history.
In 1999, Gramatica led all NFL rookies with 106 points and was named to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly, College and Pro Football Newsweekly and Football Digest. The following season, he earned a Pro Bowl nod and was selected to the Associated Press All-Pro second team as he broke or tied six Buccaneers single-season kicking records. In 2002, he set single-season team records for successful field goals (32) and points (128), as Tampa Bay won Super Bowl XXXVII. In 2003, he led the Buccaneers in points for the fifth straight season, totaling 81 points. Gramatica spent the first 11 games of the 2004 season with Tampa Bay before being waived on Nov. 30, 2004. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 8, 2004 and handled kickoff duties for the final four regular-season games and both playoff contests. Gramatica spent the 2005 season out of football.
Scored a school-record 349 points in four seasons at Kansas State… Hit 54 of 70 FG attempts and 187 of 192 PAT attempts… Won the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top placekicker, as a junior… Set single-season school record with 135 points as a senior, connecting on 22 of 31 FG attempts… Earned first-team All-America honors… Nailed a 65-yarder against Northern Illinois, the longest FG in NCAA history without a tee… Set KSU mark with 18 points (4 FGs, 6 PATs) against Kansas… Hit four FGs versus Texas A&M in Big 12 Championship Game… First-team All-America choice by the Associated Press and The Sporting News as a junior… Made 19 of 20 FGs and 37 of 38 PATs… Nailed all three attempts from 50-plus yards… Granted a medical redshirt in 1996… Hit 7 of 10 FGs his sophomore season, finishing with 64 points… Hit 6 of 9 FGs and 38 of 39 PATs as a freshman… Earned a bachelor’s degree in social science.