Born: November 27, 1975 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graduated: Immaculata-La Salle High School (Miami, FL), 1994; Kansas State University, 1999
Known for his skill and passion, Martín Gramática of Kansas State University was one of the greatest collegiate football specialists. Although one of the smallest players on the field, Gramática played like a giant when called upon and re-wrote the K-State football record book for kickers.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gramática grew up playing soccer and did not begin to play organized football until he was a senior in high school. His powerful leg earned him a scholarship to play for coach Bill Snyder at Kansas State University. As a freshman at K-State, he connected on six of nine field goal attempts and 38 of 39 point after attempts. His sophomore year, Gramática showed continued improvement hitting on seven of ten field goal attempts in 1995.
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Gramática suffered a knee injury and sat out the entire 1996 season but came back better than ever for his junior season in 1997. That year, he nailed 19 of 20 field goal attempts, was named a first team All-Big XII selection, and was named a first team All-American. Gramática also became K-State's first major national award winner by bringing home the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's best collegiate kicker. There was no let down his senior year. He was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, the Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Award and set a collegiate scoring record for a kicker with 135 points. Gramática also set an NCAA record when he booted a 65 yard field goal, the longest in NCAA history without the use of a tee, against Northern Illinois in 1998. When he graduated, Gramática held nearly every kicking and scoring record in K-State football history, including marks for total points scored, point after touchdown attempts and made attempts, field goal attempts, and field goals made.
Gramática was selected in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was named to the All-Rookie Team his first season and the NFL Pro Bowl after his second year in the league. Gramática was a member of the 2002 Buccaneers that won Super Bowl XXXVII. He played ten NFL seasons with four teams, scoring 693 points and a career field goal percentage of 76.4%.
In 2008, Gramática was honored in the K-State Football Ring of Honor and he was selected to the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.