His kicker had already missed two field goals, including the go-ahead kick on the previous drive, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was still determined to get Roberto Aguayo another chance.
In fact, Winston told the rookie kicker he’d provide him with another opportunity.
“After he missed the first one I went over to him and I told him, ‘Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time situations.’ I said, ‘I’m going to get you this chance back if I don’t throw a touchdown,'” Winston said, via ESPN.
Winston kept his word, and Aguayo made it worth his while.
The Buccaneers went 66 plays in 11 plays, with Winston converting a pair of third downs, to set up Aguayo’s game-winning 38-yard field goal with no time remaining. The rookie’s kick split the uprights, giving the Buccaneers a huge win over the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers.
All is well that ends well, especially for kickers.
Aguayo has already missed four field goals and an extra point through five games in 2016. It’s been a rough start for the second-round pick, but connecting on Monday night’s game-winner could be the confidence booster he needs to get his rookie season turned around.
Thankfully for the Bucs, Winston provided Aguayo with his redemption opportunity.