Native American Chant responsible for former FSU players success? Tampa Bay’s Roberto Aguayo has best day as pro.

Once the most accurate kicker at his craft, Aguayo is having to relearn new angles, and new fans
Once the most accurate kicker at his craft, Aguayo is having to relearn new angles, and new fans

The chant went on like it had for years… the Tommahawk Chop as its called, done in Atlanta for Braves games, for the Chiefs at Arrow Head Stadium in Kansas City, and originally done in Tallahassee for Florida State Seminoles games.

So its almost funny that as the Bucs played at the Chiefs with two ex Seminoles on the roster who felt at home listening to the seminole sound and watching the stadium chop!

Quarterback Jameis Winston had one of his best games as a pro, especially on third down. Was it a coincidence that “The Chop” was done by the Chiefs mostly on Bucs 3rd downs to interrupt Bucs concentration? If not, then the Chiefs may want to make a mental note and do some Auburn or NC State chant on 3rd downs.

Then we have the roller coaster story of Roberto Aguayo, the Bucs rookie kicker who graduated from Florida State as the most accurate kicker in NCAA History! So good, the Bucs TRADED UP in the draft to take him in the 2nd round, an unheard of position for ‘non contact’ position. Only former Seminole Sebastian Janikowski was drafted higher, in the 1st by the Oakland Raiders.

But almost parallel to Janikowski’s career, Aguayo has flopped in his first season as a pro. It started from the beginning…the very first preseason game, Aguayo missed his first kick, an extra point. Then he missed a FG that was makable. The misses continued, but in the last two preseason games, he made his kicks, and all was presumed over with.

Not so..the regular season started and Aguayo missed a FG in week 2, then an extra point and FG against the Rams in week 3. It all came to a head on Monday Night Football when Aguayo missed two Field Goals against the Panthers, but was set up for the game winner at the Buzzer. He made it, and was the hero instead of the Goat! It may have had an effect, because after that the beleaguered kicker, in spite of missing one FG at San Francisco (he made all 4 extra points) but then the next week against Oakland he made his FG but missed an important extra point. The Bucs lost that game in Overtime.

Since then, Aguayo is perfect in 3 games; 7 of 7 in Xtra Points, and 6 of 6 in FGs! A kicker like Aguayo who was almost perfect at Florida State usually will find the problem is mental. The Bucs players supported him, and judging by his lack of tweets, may have been told to stop reading social media for awhile. Bucs fans were all over the fact a 2nd round pick was used on a kicker, that had to have an effect, especially the backlash after he stared missing kicks.

Overall, after the winning FG to seal the Panthers game on MNF, Aguayo has made 10 of 11 FGs and is back in place in familiar territory: one of the most accurate kickers over that time period.

Perhaps the Bucs need to adopt the chop for Aguayo; when its kicking time!


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