Tavecchio sticks with NFL dream and kicks way to history

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, Oakland Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio celebrates after kicking a field goal against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL football game, in Nashville, Tenn. avecchio was close to giving up his dream of becoming an NFL kicker and take a job in London this offseason before deciding to give it one last shot with the Oakalnd Raiders. The move paid off when Tavecchio became the first kicker in NFL history to make two 50-yard field goals in his debut. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Giorgio Tavecchio was ready to give up his dreams of kicking in the NFL and take a business job in London.

The pain of being cut six times without ever playing an NFL game had taken its toll mentally on Tavecchio and he was ready to move on before the Oakland Raiders gave him a call to come to camp for a fourth straight year as the backup to Sebastian Janikowski.

After talking the situation over with Raiders special teams coach Brad Seely, Tavecchio decided to give it a final shot.

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