On Monday night, Bucs rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo was able to go over to Orlando and be in attendance for his brother Ricky's debut, taking over for him as FSU's kicker in a wild comeback win against Ole Miss.
"It was exciting. It brought memories of when I opened up at Pittsburgh," Aguayo said. "I knew he was going to do well, and he actually broke some of my records. It was definitely an entertaining game to watch, and went very well for him and the team."
Ricky went 6-for-6 on field goals in the Seminoles' win, breaking a school record that Roberto had a share of with five. Aguayo will make his NFL debut Sunday when the Bucs open their season at the Falcons -- the Georgia Dome is actually where he finished his college career, losing to Houston in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 31.
"It's a different feeling when there's only 53 guys here. It's more game-like," Aguayo said of the buildup to Sunday's opener. "Sept. 11 has been bottled up. It was 18 days, then 15 days and now it's three. It's definitely exciting, and I'm ready to go out there."
Aguayo went 3-for-3 on extra points in the Georgia Dome, making a 20-yard field goal and missing one from 52 yards. He's played in two other road venues the Bucs play in this season, with two ACC title games in Charlotte and a game against Oklahoma State in the Cowboys' stadium in Arlington. He also kicked in the Carrier Dome, and said it's no difference for him to kick indoors as he will Sunday.
"It's all the same, just no weather factor," he said.
Aguayo was a proud big brother Monday night -- he should be able to attend FSU's home game against Wake Forest on Oct. 15 during the Bucs' bye week, but said his schedule conflicts in college kept him from seeing his brother kick in games much in high school.
"He started off on the right foot," Aguayo said. "It's a matter of doing the whole season, being consistent. I know he can do that."