“I Have A Family To Feed”

March 21st, 2017

Roberto Aguayo’s new competition is all business.

New Bucs kicker Nick Folk wants it known he’s not in town to make Roberto Aguayo the best kicker he can be.

Folk hopped on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday and explained he’ll play the role of mentor for Aguayo but only slightly.

“I can hopefully get [Aguyo] going a little bit in the NFL world,” Folk said. “I had a great guy to learn from in Martin [Gramatica] my rookie year [in Dallas]. I kind of picked things off of him just sitting and watching. I mean, hopefully, I can show [Aguayo] a few things, not too many, because I have a family to feed.”

Yes, Folk is pumped up to make big kicks for the Bucs this season. He said he can’t wait to get back to warm weather and out of the rough winds of the Meadowlands. Folk played college ball for the University of Arizona and added that he enjoys the heat.

“It’s going to be a good year for [the Bucs],” Folk said. I have a feeling.”

Folk, 31, added that he has no plans to retire and wants a long career as long as the game is fun for him and his body holds up.

66 Responses to ““I Have A Family To Feed””

  1. Bucsfanman Says:

    You’re on notice Aguayo!

  2. YeahISaidIt Says:

    Say what you want about Licht making a bad pick last year.. but us couch GM’s dont have the intel he does on players and this man was the most accurate K in college history.. Something some of us can relate to is having sex with a female that once you are done you know immediately you made a mistake.. it happens to the best of us. Hopefully this guy Aguayo gets on track if not atleast Licht shows he is not afraid to admit a mistake

  3. Buc believer Says:

    Bye Bye, Arrivedeci, Sayonara, Roberto!

  4. Jameisbucsfan Says:

    I bet you they carry 2 kickers before they cut Aguayo

  5. tmaxcon Says:

    aguayo is going to need a safe space after his schooling… I am convinced that Glennon, murphy and bell’s future lies in insurance but aquayo, I am betting he’s a Miami Mercedes car salesman sooner than later. definitely not a kicker in nfl.

  6. tmaxcon Says:

    carrying two kickers with todays cba and roster limits is asinine and completely unrealistic. NFL has done everything it can to eliminate the importance of kickoffs. It has rendered the so called kickoff specialist extinct. roster spots are too valuable and bucs have too many injury prone players in key roles to carry a second kicker…. loser goes home simple as that.

  7. Tattoodonny Says:

    I’m happy they brought someone in to show him what to do in the NFL vs college. This poor kid was thrown to the wolves last year when Tampa didn’t bring in any competition in for him to work with or even talk with. People forget New Orleans traded up with NE right after Tampa traded up for pick 57 (NO moved up to pick 61) with the intention of drafting Roberto. There kicking situation going into the season was 2 ex Bucs, C. Barth & K. Forbath. Had Tampa not drafted him, they would have. In hindsight maybe we wished they had, but kicking in a dome he’d probably kicked in the 85% rate. I’m a life long Bucs fan (since 1976) and only want the best for Tampa. If Folk helps this kid improve and become what our GM hoped for or Nick wins out let’s all hope, Tampa Bay becomes the 3rd straight NFC South team to make the Super Bowl & 1st to win during this run! 2017 is our year. 😎🏈 Go Bucs!

  8. SCBucsFan Says:

    This team cannot be held back because of a kicker; the team is ready to take the next step. Plain and simple, Aguayo needs to show if he can do this job at this level. What concerns me is his lack of distance; we cannot be punting instead of trying 47 yard field goals.

  9. BennyBucs Says:

    I don’t know what licht was thinking. Aguayo wasn’t even the best kicker in college football his last year at FSU. There’s actually an article that came out recently detailing how he was pretty mediocre his college career, his stats are ballooned by the fact that he didn’t kick from beyond 40 very often and when he did, he was sub par anyway.

  10. Tampabayucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Aguayo has a family to feed also…..and not the stereotyped meal of Tacos, Burritos, Rice, Beans and Fajatis either……Roberto likes his filet & lobster, sushi and shellfish. Pablo could care less about Aguayo being brown…..El A$$ino needs to start kicking through the uprights. Pablo will support Roberto when he does”

  11. buc15 Says:

    My money is on Aguayo. Hopefully he just had a case of the rookies like most successful NFL kickers experience.

  12. BUC IT Says:

    Aguayo was the worst pick ever! But at least Licht and Koetter have acknowledged they made a mistake.

  13. Tom Edrington Says:

    BUC IT has not been around long enough to remember Booker Reese!

  14. Guzzie Says:

    Punting instead of kicking a 47 yard field goal is the best way to describe why Aguayo will be worst pick of Lichts career, replacing him a year later will show the Bucs finally have a GM that cares more about winning than his ego

  15. Negative Jeff Says:


    Usually the female feels they have done something wrong after relations with me.

  16. Tattoodonny Says:

    Worst ever? Anyone remember App St WR Detxer Jackson, pk 39 the kick return specialist by Jon Gruden who was scared to be hit? A guy who would “slip” on that beautiful Tampa field? Or pk #6 DE Gains Adams (over A.Peterson)? Or trading the 1st pk in the draft for AN Jack Thompson, “The Throwing Samoan”, trading the 1st pk on AN Chris Chandler only to cut him 8 games in to his Bucs career? Oh there’s been some doozies but Roberto isn’t it!

  17. Tattoodonny Says:

    Worst ever? Anyone remember App St WR Detxer Jackson, pk 39 the kick return specialist by Jon Gruden who was scared to be hit? A guy who would “slip” on that beautiful Tampa field? Or pk #6 DE Gains Adams (over A.Peterson)? Or trading the 1st pk in the draft for QB Jack Thompson, “The Throwing Samoan”, trading the 1st pk on QB Chris Chandler only to cut him 8 games in to his Bucs career? Oh there’s been some doozies but Roberto isn’t it!

  18. NJBucsFan Says:

    How many kicker stories can we get in a 72 hour period?

  19. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I didn’t like the pick when we did it, and obviously I still don’t. However, I always understood it. We lost games the previous season due to having problems at the kicking position. As the team develops into a playoff contender, those games can be the difference in us making the playoffs versus missing them. If the opportunity arises to get an accurate kicker that can be a steady force for 15 years, I totally understand going to get him. However, at this point Aguayo has proven he is a huge gamble every time he attempts a kick. That’s not good for a team that has no excuse for not being a playoff team in 2017. Kickers aren’t QB’s, CB’s or WR’s. They don’t get the time to develop into good players. You have one job, and if you can’t do that well, then we have to move on. He may end up being an All-Pro kicker, but I don’t want to sacrifice next year to find out. If he kicks a few FG’s in preseason next year, that’s not going to take away an ounce of my anxiety going into the regular season. To me it all comes down to this: In week 1 if it comes down to a 48 yard field goal to win the game, who would you rather be kicking for us – Aguayo or Folk?

  20. 813bucboi Says:

    may the best man win!!!!!…..GO BUCS!!!!

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Wait. So this guy is not a team player? He cares more about helping himself than a member of the team???!

    Listen, good quality players start getting older and realize they want to make sure they contribute to leaving the NFL a better place. To do that, they start helping younger players develop.

    This guy just admitted that he’s a ‘Me First’ guy. And on top of that, he’s a short term fix. Am I the only one this bothers? I mean, regardless of who the younger players are. If he could help make the other players better, that’s better for the team.

  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Let me clarify what I mean.

    I understand competition. I get wanting to earn your spot. But the bottom line is this: if he plays better he gets the spot. It won’t matter if the other player does well so long as he does better.

    So…is he afraid Aguayo will outplay him if he helps him?

  23. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    It’s not like the brass don’t give these guys a chance, look at ASJ but when you put egg on their face like Aguaynonono did last year this is a do or die preseason for him. He’s gonna have to whoop Folks but to keep his job! A tie or mere improvement won’t do. Anyone can improve from the garbage he laid down last year!

  24. BurgDweller Says:

    @Tattoo you are referring to the dark days of the Bucs. Gruden won us the Super Bowl and I will always appreciate him for that but he was horrible at evaluating talent. Listen to Justin’s last Uncensored podcast and he lists all the horrible picks made by the GruAllen regime. It makes me sick to my stomach and we are now finally seeing the light. Yes, Licht made a terrible pick with Aguayo, but he has made up for it with his other picks and he has been the best at evaluating talent we have had since the Rich McCay days.

  25. MarcBucs88 Says:

    Folk is relatively youNg, for a kicker. For example, SuperBowl kicker Matt Bryant is 41 years old, FORTY-ONE.

    Some would say we are getting Folk in his prime.

    Aguyao. You are officially on notice.

  26. Bird Says:

    Folk gets 1.75 million deal. 750,000 is guaranteed regardless if he wins or loses. Lots of money Lots of pressure on aguayo.

  27. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    You are looking at it completely wrong. First of all, most fans don’t understand that this is their jobs. It’s a game to us, but to them it is their livelihood. It is how they feed their families.

    I don’t know what you do for a living, but let’s say you work for a company and you know they are offering a promotion to a job you really want. You have a lot of friends that also work for the company that also want the promotion. Are you going to tell your friends everything that you said in the interview, so that they can use your experience to their benefit? If you don’t, does that make you a “me first” guy? How do you think your wife would feel to find out you did that?

  28. Midnightstroker1 Says:

    From what i have witnessed watching him kick last year im over it. Glad to see they brought in someone with experience. Gonna be rooting for folk. As far as folk being a ME first?? They are there for a paycheck. Save that for the love of the game bs. What he supposed to do? Hold his hand all the way through each kick in practice?? My point being is either do or don’t there is no try. He had all off last season to get better. If it was anybody else they would have been replaced.

  29. Midnightstroker1 Says:

    Maybe they can kick it together bonzai?? At the same time? That way aguayo feels better and his confidence goes sky high!! And folk isn’t such a prude and me first kinda guy. I think hes gotta ways to go to beat out djax though…

  30. Midnightstroker1 Says:

    As far as being a me kinda guy desean wins that award

  31. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    I’m really hoping for Folk to beat out Aguayo.

    I’ve gotten to the point with Aguayo where I was with Lovie Smith…

    I can’t even look at him or listen to his weak-minded a$$ any more.

    He portrays a fake confidence and his weak mind doesn’t fit in with our current Bucs squad.

  32. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I can tell you why Roberto the kicker was drafted where he was. Jon Robinson the Titans GM was going to take him at the top of the 3rd round. Robinson (ex Bucs asst gm/scout) and Licht were playing poker and Licht got one over on Robinson, until Roberto actually had to kick, Robinson is still laughing.

  33. SCBucsFan Says:

    BucBonzai, just a thought for you – assuming you are employed, and I don’t mean that as a dig – if management came to you and said we are bringing on someone to possibly take your job how eager would you be to help that person? How much would you help someone to put you out of a job? Folk isn’t a kicking coach, if Aguayo needs one then let him go hire one.

  34. Ben Says:

    Hasta luego Aguayo

  35. Chris Says:

    Unbelievable Bonzai, the importance of an FSU guy being on the roster outweighs any common sense you may have You’ve done nothing but bash the guy since he was signed. You have an agenda, which is far more important to you than the team winning games.

  36. Chris Says:

    It was a dumb question yo ask Folk in the first place. He was obvipusly brought in to push ir replace Roberto. Oh yeah, Im going to tutor him sp he can get better and I can get cut.

  37. firethecannons Says:

    Perhaps Aguayo can get a gig as a lounge lizard with Freddie Martino; at the velvet lined lounge inside the Vero Beach Ramada Inn


  38. Joeypoppems Says:

    Bonzai according to the last sentence of this article, he has no plans to retire, wants a long career. That doesn’t sound like a short term answer to me.

  39. Wesley Says:

    After 10yrs in the NFL, generations of his will be fed just fine.

  40. Wesley Says:

    After 10yrs in the NFL, generations of his will be fed just fine.

  41. Buc1987 Says:

    Toast toast toast. Aguayo is toast!

    Anyone got any butter?

  42. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Jason Licht knows he screwed up drafting Aguayo as high as he did, and this is the public admission of it.
    I see no way Tampa keeps 2 kickers, so this is probably the end for Senor’ Choke.

  43. SCBucsFan Says:

    wesley – tell that to all the broke ex-NFLers you see on TV every week.

  44. Buc4Lyfe79 Says:

    JOE! What in the blankety blank is going on with Ira’s podcast? I do believe I remember hearing in the special sunday edition, that today things would be back to their normal schedule, so what gives Jason?

  45. martinii Says:

    Absolute last words I will waste on this site…..EVER!!!!!!!!

  46. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “After 10yrs in the NFL, generations of his will be fed just fine”


    I think you are missing the point.

  47. Pickgrin Says:

    Everyone seems to forget that Aguayo was fairly reliable last year after he missed a few kicks early in the season. I believe he only missed 1 or 2 kicks the last 10 games of the season. And he did hit the game winner vs Carolina (after missing one previously that game). The majority of missed kicks that resulted in his 71% season average happened in the beginning of the year. Roberto settled in pretty well after that.

    The concern about his ability to hit long kicks may be legit though. He didn’t get many chances past 45 yards last year which may well have been by design. We’ll see how it plays out. May the best kicker win. The worst thing that could happen is we drop Aguayo and within a couple years he turns out to be one of the best kickers in the league which was expected when he was drafted so high.

  48. Blackmagic00 Says:

    Imagine our best kicker ever showed a rookie some things just that guy to come to Tampa and help our new kid become the best there ever was in tampa? Would be amazing.

  49. SOEbuc Says:

    Yeah everyone knows you can’t feed your family without getting a $750,000 promotion.

  50. Buc1987 Says:

    SOE…not if you have expensive tastes…after 10 years perhaps his family does.

    Mirror, mirror on the wall
    Tell me, mirror, what is wrong?
    Can it be my De La clothes
    Or is it just my De La song?
    What I do ain’t make-beleive
    People say I sit and try
    But whan it comes to being De La
    It’s just me myself and I

  51. GhostofTedford Says:

    In Licht we all do trust,

    But Aguayo looks like a bust,

    I admit for Miko I do lust,

    training camp will shake off the rust,

    Pre-season a preview is a must,

    our lone Lombardi trophy is collecting dust,

    in 2017 we will be top of the crust.

  52. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    How many 50 yard kicks did he make last year? How many 45 yard kicks did he make last year? The answer is zero. When your longest kick is 43 yards, that is absolutely horrible. Anybody can make 30 yard field goals and pad their stats.

    He missed 4 kicks against Carolina in 2 games. The only reason we won those games is because their kicker was equally as bad.

    I ask you this: We have to make a 50 yard kick to win the game and send us to the playoffs. Who would you prefer kicking it – Aguayo or Folk?

  53. Mike Johnson Says:

    Folk already has the right attitude…. Family to feed. Meanwhile rumor has it Roberto applied as a mngr for one of the TB fast food franchiases. He’s done guys.

  54. BigMacAttack Says:

    I think Berto is gonna get left in the dust. See ya

  55. Chris Says:

    Love the De La Soul 87

  56. mike10 Says:

    Idk why I continue to click on Aguayo stories bc they only make me depressed.
    I wish we could just not report or write on this guy anymore until the last game of the year..

  57. Clw JB Says:

    I see the two kicker plan if the rookie had a blasting kickoff leg but he doesn’t – and he missed plenty short and long – he better be perfect or he is gone

  58. Buccfan37 Says:

    This guy was hyped to the moon. Best kicker ever out of FSU. Used car salesman style gone gaga.

  59. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Hawaiian Buc Says
    “I don’t know what you do for a living…”

    I write for a living, HB.

    Chris Says
    “Unbelievable Bonzai, the importance of an FSU guy being on the roster…”

    Hopefully for the last time, Chris, since you cannot seem to read the other times I have told you this: I am not an FSU fan. I am not a college football fan at all. In fact, I find College ball boring. I am not ‘Nole’, who is obsessed with FSU.

    And ask anyone, I was against drafting Winston. I wanted Mariota. Now, I’m glad I was wrong. I ate my crow.

    And second, stop lying.

    I have not bashed to guy since he got here. In fact, this page right here is the first time I’ve said anything negative about Folk. You just love making things up, don’t you?

    I’m actually good with Licht signing Folk. I want competition…real competition. I have said on multiple occasions that if Aguayo ends up winning the starting job, I still think they should keep Folk on the roster just in case Aguayo doesn’t deliver in real games.

    So there you have it. AGAIN. Hope you read it this time. Are you man enough to eat crow?

  60. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Joeypoppems Says
    “Bonzai according to the last sentence of this article, he has no plans to retire, wants a long career. That doesn’t sound like a short term answer to me.”

    Any player over 30 wonders how many years he has left, buddy. That;s when they realize their time is limited. Some last 5-6 years or more after that, but most only have 3-4 years left.

    Take a look at the ages of all the players retiring this year. Average it out.

  61. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Hawaiian Buc Says
    “How many 50 yard kicks did he make last year? How many 45 yard kicks did he make last year? The answer is zero. When your longest kick is 43 yards, that is absolutely horrible.”

    I don’t think anyone is denying he sucked last year. Not me, not Nole, not anyone that is in the know.

    The kicker they signed after the season was not real competition. Folk is, and I’m glad for it. But a lot of people are assuming he’ll be handed to starting role. If he is, that’s not competition is it?

    Aguayo is the younger guy, and he has the potential to be great. I just don’t want to give up on him unless it’s a certainty he will bust. One year doesn’t prove anything. But I also understand we need a good kicker.

    So if Aguayo can’t legitimately beat out Folk, then Folk should win the starting role. If they come out equal or close to it, or if Aguayo beats him out, I think we should still keep both, at least until game 6 or so…long enough to make sure in live games.

  62. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Btw, Aguayo was 100% on kicks 39 yards and under.

    Most of his kicks were 40-49 yards though…and on those he hit only 40%.

    He only had one kick over 50 yards, and he missed it.

  63. JonBuc Says:

    Just as Buccaneer BrownEye was crushed when Lovie was fired…Aguayo-No!¡ has become his sympathetic figure going into this season. Makes me realize the Bucs are on the right track with bringing in Folk.

  64. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    JonBuc Says
    “Just as Buccaneer BrownEye was crushed when Lovie was fired…Aguayo-No!¡ has become his sympathetic figure going into this season. Makes me realize the Bucs are on the right track with bringing in Folk.”

    Wow, you people really like making things up.

    I was not ‘crushed’ when Lovie was fired. I actually agreed with the move because I wanted Koetter to be head coach (and if you really had a memory? I was the FIRST one to suggest Koetter be hired as OC…which I suggested before Mike Smith was fired by the Falcons, dimwit).

    My only concerns were the lack of stability at the head coach position, and as I said then…the Glazers needed to keep Koetter at least 3 years to restore credibility.

    So tell me ‘JonBuc’, are you really ‘Chris’? Because your memory is as messed up as his, and since I’ve owned him each time he says something about me, I figure you are hiding behind a different name like a coward.

  65. JonBuc Says:

    Nope…it’s JonBuc. And just because I don’t have a hot/live link to my elf erotica website like you ( which is the finniest thing I’ve seen since the movie Old School )…I’m not hiding a bit. You are so rarely right…but never in doubt. That “stoic” pic of you on your kiddie website pretty much says it all.

  66. RustyRhinos Says:

    Interesting thing about the signing to me of Mr. Folk is who his college Head coach was before he got drafted way back in 2007.

    Good signing, we need to have each and everyone of our players pushed by the next man behind them, and those men are pushed by those behind them. We look to be trying to do just this.
    Go Bucs!