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Former Bucs, FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo has a new job ... in golf

The ex-second round pick has an internship with the PGA of America’s charity
Former Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) makes a field goal during a Dec. 11, 2016, game against the Saints. (Times file)
Former Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) makes a field goal during a Dec. 11, 2016, game against the Saints. (Times file)
Published Feb. 22, 2019

Former Bucs and Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo has a new job in sports.

Just not one you might think.

The most accurate kicker in college football history is an intern at PGA REACH, the PGA of America’s charitable foundation announced Friday. The position allows him to learn the business side of golf while training for another shot at the NFL in West Palm Beach.

“I have a passion for golf,” Aguayo said in PGA REACH’s news release. “I’m interested to see what golf can bring to me and what I can bring to golf. I’m thrilled to use this internship to expand my knowledge of the golf industry. I want to take my sports background and interaction with teammates on the field, and then apply it to meeting and working with more diverse people in the workplace.”

Aguayo starred at FSU. He won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker during the Seminoles’ 2013 national title run. The Bucs famously (or infamously) traded up to select him in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft.

By the next August, Aguayo was cut. He made only 22 of his 31 field goals as a rookie and missed two extra points.

Aguayo has had several other opportunities with teams, including the Panthers and Chargers, but hasn’t attempted a regular-season kick since leaving Tampa Bay. He remains a free agent.

Aguayo said in his statement that golf could be a long-term career plan, whenever his time with football ends.

“I was asked recently what I’d like to do if football was done tomorrow, and it would be something on the business side of golf,” Aguayo said in the release. “The PGA REACH internship will help me broaden my knowledge and be a part of a team in a different way.”

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