Bill Gramática

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Guillermo c. "Bill" Gramática
No. 5, 7, 10, 11
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-07-10) July 10, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Career information
College: South Florida
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 4 / Pick: 98
Debuted in 2001
Last played in 2006
Career history
*Offseason member only
Career NFL statistics
Field goals 37/48
FG% 77.1
Extra points 60/61
Stats at NFL.com

Guillermo C. "Bill" Gramática (born July 10, 1978) is a former American football placekicker of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft and last played for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League in 2006. He played college football at FSU & USF. He red-shirted his freshman year at Florida State University and transferred to South Florida when Sebastian Janikowski arrived. Gramática is perhaps best known for tearing a knee ligament in a celebratory leap with the Cardinals in 2001.[1]

Professional career[edit]

National Football League[edit]

After successfully kicking a 43-yard field goal in the first half of a game against the New York Giants on December 15, 2001, Gramática jumped up in celebration and tore the ACL in his right knee (plant leg) upon landing. He missed the rest of the season, finishing his rookie year with 16 field goals in 20 attempts. He played two more seasons for the Cardinals before signing with the New York Giants in the 2004 offseason. However, he was released during the preseason. He played one game for the Miami Dolphins in 2004 when kicker Olindo Mare was injured, but was cut from the team after his first career miss on an extra point kick, which came in a one-point loss.

In the NFL, he made 37 of his 48 field goal attempts and 60 of his 61 extra point attempts.

Arena Football League[edit]

In 2006, he returned to football as the kicker for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. He had an inauspicious start to his Arena Football career, missing one of two extra point tries and all three of his field goal attempts in his first AFL half. Through eleven Arena games, he is 65-for-71 on extra points and 8-for-18 on field goals.

Personal[edit]

Bill Gramática is the younger brother of fellow kicker Martín Gramática and the older brother of kicker Santiago Gramática. He played college football at the University of South Florida. In 2000 while at USF, Bill kicked a 63-yard field goal that was the second-longest field goal in Division I college football history at the time only to his brother Martin's 65-yard field goal with Kansas State.[citation needed]

Bill also graduated from LaBelle High School in the small town of LaBelle, Florida, as did his two brothers.

Bill is in business with Martín, as a part of the Gramatica Group LLC. Gramatica Group, LLC provides architectural designs, engineering services, and complete design turnkey installation capabilities throughout the southeastern United States.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cowboys ban foot races because the kicker would smoke everyone, by MJD, Yahoo! Sports, July 20, 2010