Graham Clark Gano (born April 9, 1987) is a Scottish-born American football placekicker for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State University and was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2009.
During his tenure with the Panthers, Gano attained the franchise's record for longest field goal at 63 yards in 2018.
Gano with the Carolina Panthers in 2016
|No. 9 – Carolina Panthers|
|Born:||April 9, 1987|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||197 lb (89 kg)|
|High school:||J. M. Tate|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
|Player stats at PFR|
Gano's father, Mark, was a United States Navy Master Chief Petty Officer and Vietnam veteran who was stationed in Scotland when Gano was born. Gano has a long line of ancestors who served in the military, including his great grandfather Richard Gano, and grandfather Raymond of Martinsburg, West Virginia. Gano grew up in Cantonment, Florida, near Pensacola, Florida and attended J. M. Tate High School, Home of the Mighty Mighty Aggies, where he was a two-sport star in football and track. In high school football, he was an All-American First-Team selection by USA Today and the nation's third-ranked kicker by Rivals.com. Gano played in the CaliFlorida All-Star game, completing a 50-yard field goal in the game. During his senior season, Gano kicked three field goals over 55 yards (57, 64, and 65 yards) and had a 71-yard field goal made which was negated by a penalty. A total of 36 of his 38 kickoffs were touchbacks and he averaged better than 42 yards per punt as a senior.
As a standout track & field athlete, Gano was one of the state's top performers in the sprinting events. He captured three state titles in track at the 2005 FHSAA 3A District 1, winning the 100-meter dash, with a time of 10.55 seconds, the 200-meter dash, with a time of 21.70 seconds, and the 400-meter dash, with a time of 48.00 seconds.
During his senior year in 2008, Gano finished first in the FBS for field goals made, percentage of field goals converted and 50-yard field goals made, and was the Lou Groza Award winner as the nation's top kicker. He was one of only two kickers in college to make over 90% of his field goal attempts in the 2008 season. He was the highest scoring kicker in America and fourth overall in the FBS in scoring. He was a Rivals.com, Scout.com, and CBS Sports first team All-American. Gano was listed as Walter Camp, Associated Press, Sporting News, SI.com, and Phil Steele second team All-American. He earned All-ACC First Team honors as well.
Gano was four-time ACC Specialist of the Week for his kicking performances against NC State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Maryland. He also was a two-time Lou Groza Star of the Week honoree for his performances in Florida State's victories over NC State and Clemson. He was named offensive special teams player of the year for the Seminoles as selected by the Florida State coaching staff. He led the ACC in field goals per game with a career-high 2.2 field goals per game average. Gano has the highest field goal percentage in the ACC; in 2008, he made 92.3 percent of his field goal attempts (24 of 26) and led the league in field goals made with 24. He was also the ACC's leading scorer with 105 points and a 9.5 points per game average. Gano is the only kicker in FSU history to convert over 90% of his field goals in a season. He is one of only two punters ever to be named the MVP of a bowl game, when he was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2008 Champs Sports Bowl. He holds the Seminoles single season record for 50+-yard field goals, completing five straight attempts from 50 yards or longer. Despite only kicking for one season, Gano finished second in career 50-yard field goals at FSU behind two time Lou Groza Award winner Sebastian Janikowski.
Gano was signed by the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League after being cut by the Ravens. He earned the first points for the league after converting a 32-yard field goal, and hit a then-UFL record long field goal of 53 yards. He was responsible for the winning field goal which gave the Locomotives the first ever UFL championship. He finished the season leading the league in scoring and field goals made.
On December 8, 2009, Gano was signed by the Washington Redskins, replacing veteran Shaun Suisham. He successfully connected on his first career NFL field goal attempt, a 46-yard attempt against the Oakland Raiders on December 13, 2009. Gano continued to play for the Redskins in the 2010 season. He cemented his status as a clutch kicker for the Redskins by contributing to three overtime game-winning field goals when playing against the Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Due to Gano's inconsistency in the 2010 season, the Redskins brought Shayne Graham to compete. After a good performance in the preseason and horrible performance by Graham in the first preseason game, Gano was kept on the final roster before the start of the new season. In Week 9 against the San Francisco 49ers in the 2011 season, he kicked a 59-yard field goal, which broke the Redskins' franchise record of 57 yards. At the end of the season, he made 31 of 41 field goal attempts with five of the ten misses being blocked kicks.
On March 3, 2012, the Redskins tendered a contract with Gano establishing exclusive negotiating rights and guaranteeing him a league minimum salary. He was once again forced to compete for his job after the team signed Neil Rackers. Originally it seemed that once again, Gano kept his spot on the Redskins' roster after Rackers was cut by the team on August 27. In a surprise transaction by the Redskins, Gano was released the next day after the team signed veteran Billy Cundiff.
On November 20, 2012, Gano was signed by the Carolina Panthers, replacing Justin Medlock. He would play the last six games of the season under head coach Ron Rivera and would convert nine out of eleven field goal attempts.
On February 28, 2014, it was announced that Gano had signed a new four-year contract with the Panthers worth $12.4 million.
Gano had an NFL-leading 62 points in November 2015, going 15-for-17 on field goals and 17-for-18 on extra-point attempts. For his performance during November, Gano was awarded the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month. He became only the second kicker in Panthers' franchise history to win the award (the first was John Kasay in September 1996). Through the first 12 weeks of the season, Gano ranked second in NFL in points scored with 110, trailing only New England Patriots kicker, Stephen Gostkowski (111). During the Panthers 38–35 victory over the New York Giants, Gano kicked his second walk-off winner this season as time expired to move the Panthers to a 14-0 record. Gano finished the 2015 NFL season with 146 points, breaking John Kasay‘s team record for most in a season (145, 1996). During the season, he also topped the NFL with 69 touchbacks and a 72.0 yard average kickoff distance.
In Super Bowl 50, Gano was one-of-two on field goals and converted the lone extra point for the Panthers. In the third quarter with the Panthers trailing by a score of 13–7, Gano missed a field goal that hit off the right side of the goal post. The Panthers went on to fall to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.
In the 2017-18 Playoffs, Gano missed a 25-yard field goal attempt early in a Wild Card Game against the Saints, but would go on to make 4 field goals, including a 58-yard field goal, tying Pete Stoyanovich for the longest field goal made in the postseason in NFL history.
On March 6, 2018, Gano signed a four-year, $17 million contract extension with the Panthers.
On October 7, 2018, Gano kicked a 63-yard field goal game-winning field goal as time expired in a 33-31 victory over the New York Giants, earning him NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. He was placed on injured reserve on December 19, 2018 after sitting out the previous two games due to injury.
The 2008 Champs Sports Bowl was the 19th edition of the college football bowl game that was played on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The game, which had a 4:30 PM US EST kickoff and was broadcast on ESPN, pitted the Wisconsin Badgers against the Florida State Seminoles. At the end, the Florida State Seminoles were the winners, 42-13.2009 California Redwoods season
The 2009 California Redwoods season was the first and only season for the California Redwoods. In the United Football League's Premiere Season, the team finished with a 2–4 record and in third place. This team is now known as the Sacramento Mountain Lions.2009 East–West Shrine Game
The 2009 East–West Shrine Game was the 84th staging of the all-star college football exhibition game featuring NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision players. The game featured over 100 players from the 2008 college football season, and prospects for the 2009 Draft of the professional National Football League (NFL). In the week prior to the game, scouts from all 32 NFL teams attended. The proceeds from the East–West Shrine Game benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The game was played on January 17, 2009, at 3 p.m. CT at Robertson Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston, and was televised by ESPN2. The game was won by the East team, 24–19.The offensive MVP was Marlon Lucky (RB, Nebraska), while the defensive MVP was Michael Tauiliili (LB, Duke). The Pat Tillman Award was presented to Collin Mooney (FB, Army); the award "is presented to a player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service".2009 Florida Tuskers season
The 2009 Florida Tuskers season was the first season for the Florida Tuskers. In the UFL's Premiere Season, the Tuskers put together a league-best, undefeated 6–0 record. In the championship game however, they lost to the Las Vegas Locomotives in overtime.
The Tuskers played three home games in the six game regular season. Two games were played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, and one was played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
Following the conclusion of the season, quarterback Brooks Bollinger was named season MVP, and head coach Jim Haslett was given the Coach of the Year award.2009 Las Vegas Locomotives season
The 2009 Las Vegas Locomotives season was the first season for the Las Vegas Locomotives. In the United Football League's Premiere Season, the Locomotives posted a 4–2 record, finishing in second place. They defeated the Florida Tuskers in the 2009 UFL Championship Game in overtime.2009 New York Sentinels season
The 2009 New York Sentinels season was the first and only season for the New York Sentinels. In the United Football League's Premiere Season, the Sentinels went winless by posting a 0–6 record, finishing in fourth place.2009 UFL Championship Game
The 2009 UFL Championship Game was the concluding game of the United Football League's inaugural season. The game was staged at Sam Boyd Stadium in Whitney, Nevada on Friday, November 27, 2009 (one day after Thanksgiving), and was won by the Las Vegas Locomotives, who defeated the previously unbeaten Florida Tuskers 20–17 on a 33-yard field goal in overtime.2009 UFL season
The 2009 United Football League season -- referred to by the professional American football league as the UFL Premiere Season—was the inaugural season of the United Football League. The regular season featured 4 teams playing 6 games each (twice against each of the other teams), and both began and ended at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Sam Boyd Stadium was the site of the 2009 UFL Championship Game on November 27, a game that saw the Locomotives defeat the previously unbeaten Florida Tuskers 20–17 in overtime.2009 Washington Redskins season
The 2009 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 78th season in the National Football League. They failed to improve upon their 8–8 record from 2008 and finished with a 4–12 record, their worst record since 2003, which resulted in Jim Zorn being fired after two seasons. He would be replaced by 2-time Super Bowl champion coach Mike Shanahan the next season.2010 Washington Redskins season
The 2010 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 79th season in the National Football League (NFL), and their first under new head coach Mike Shanahan, who also began his term as the team's Vice President of Football Operations. The Redskins obtained the 4th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft as a result of their 4–12 record from their previous season, which they used to draft Oklahoma tackle Trent Williams. Finishing the season 6–10, the Redskins improved on their 4–12 record from the 2009 season, but were officially eliminated from postseason contention in Week 14. Of the 16 games of the season, only four (all losses) were decided by more than a single possession.
With new starting quarterback Donovan McNabb, who replaced Jason Campbell (traded to Oakland), Washington aimed to improve upon their previous failing seasons. However, upon Week 15 and a rating of 77.1 (25th overall in the league), Shanahan would bench McNabb in favor of their second-string Rex Grossman (who was the quarterback for the 2006 Chicago Bears that went to play in the Super Bowl).2014–15 NFL playoffs
The National Football League playoffs for the 2014 season began on January 3, 2015. The postseason tournament concluded with the New England Patriots defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, 28–24, on February 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.2015–16 NFL playoffs
The National Football League playoffs for the 2015 season began on January 9, 2016. The postseason tournament concluded with Super Bowl 50, on February 7, when the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
For this year only, the Super Bowl decided not to use a Roman numeral ("L") and instead used the standard numerals "50." According to Jaime Weston, the league's vice president of brand and creative, the primary reason was that the league's graphic designers had difficulty designing a suitable, aesthetically pleasing logo with only the Roman numeral "L".2016 Carolina Panthers season
The 2016 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 22nd season in the National Football League and the sixth under head coach Ron Rivera. It was also the team's 20th season at Bank of America Stadium. The previous year, the Panthers achieved their highest win total in franchise history with a 15–1 record, but lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. They entered the 2016 season as the defending NFC champions and NFC South champions and hope to repeat as NFC champions.
After a 1–5 start, their worst since 2004 (where they also were defending NFC Champions), the Panthers finished the season at 6–10, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012. The Panthers struggled throughout the 2016 season with injuries and loss of star players via Free Agency and retirement. The Panthers became the first team in NFL history to go 15–1 and miss the playoffs the following year, the first runners up in the Super Bowl to miss the playoffs the next year since the 2008 Patriots, and failed to win the NFC South for the first time in three seasons. Coincidentally, the 2008 Patriots also completed a perfect season the previous year, lost the Super Bowl, and missed the playoffs the following season. This was also the first team to have at least 15 wins and finish last in their division the following season. They were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 16 when they lost to the Atlanta Falcons 33-16.2017 Carolina Panthers season
The 2017 season was the Carolina Panthers' 23rd in the National Football League and the seventh under head coach Ron Rivera. During the offseason, the team's notable free agent signings included Matt Kalil, Captain Munnerlyn and veteran Julius Peppers. Peppers previously spent his first eight seasons with the Panthers, appearing in Super Bowl XXXVIII with them. On July 17, 2017, the team announced Dave Gettleman had been relieved as general manager. His predecessor, Marty Hurney, was hired as interim GM a day later. For the first time since 2011, the Panthers did not play the Seattle Seahawks during the regular season. The Panthers rebounded after a disappointing 2016 campaign, where they finished 6–10 and last in the NFC South. 2017 saw the Panthers qualify for the playoffs with an 11–5 record. However, they lost to the Saints 31–26 in the Wild Card round.2018 Carolina Panthers season
The 2018 season was the Carolina Panthers' 24th in the National Football League and their eighth under head coach Ron Rivera. It was the team's first season without former assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who became head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason and former offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who became the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator of the New York Giants. The Panthers entered the season hoping to improve or match their 11–5 record from last year. After starting 6–2, the Panthers fell into a 7-game losing streak, failing to improve or match their previous season's record, and were eliminated from playoff contention following a loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16. Although they went a dismal 1–7 in the second half of the season, the Panthers managed to end on a high note by defeating their division rival the New Orleans Saints 33–14.2018 Pro Bowl
The 2018 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2017 season, which was played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 28, 2018. For the first time since 2008, the game started during afternoon hours instead of primetime hours for U.S. Mainland viewers with a 3:00 PM ET start. It marked the second year the game was played in Orlando. It was televised nationally by ESPN and simulcasted on ABC. The roster was announced on December 19 on NFL Network. The AFC team won the game 24–23, the second straight year the Pro Bowl was won by the AFC.Lou Groza Award
The Lou Groza Award is presented annually to the top college football placekicker in the United States by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. The award is named after former Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns player Lou Groza. It has been presented since 1992, with Joe Allison of Memphis receiving the inaugural award. The incumbent award holder is Andre Szmyt of Syracuse. The award is part of the National College Football Awards Association coalition.Pete Stoyanovich
Peter Stoyanovich (born April 28, 1967 in Dearborn Heights, Michigan) is an American football placekicker from Macedonian descent. His father Mijalce is from Ljubojno, Prespa, Macedonia and his mother is Slobodanka, from Ljubojno, Prespa, Macedonia. He played with the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and briefly the St. Louis Rams in the NFL. He attended college at Indiana University where he played both football and soccer.
A first-team all-pro in 1992, Stoyanovich finished his career in the top 35 in NFL history in all kicking categories. He led the NFL in scoring in 1992. His game-tying 58-yard field goal in a 1991 Wild Card playoff set a record for the longest field goal in NFL playoff history, which has since been tied by Graham Gano in 2018.
Stoyanovich served as the kicking double for Sean Young in Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. He also plays the character at the urinal when Ace is searching for the Dolphins ring with the missing stone.Sebastian Janikowski
Sebastian Paweł Janikowski (Polish pronunciation: [sɛˈbastjan janiˈkɔfskʲi]; born March 2, 1978) is a Polish-born former American football placekicker. He played college football for Florida State University, and was a two-time consensus All-America. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders 17th overall in the 2000 NFL draft, only the third time a kicker was taken in the first round. He has the nickname "Seabass". He played 19 years in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks. On September 12, 2011, in a Monday Night Football game against the Denver Broncos, he tied the previous NFL record for the longest field goal at 63 yards, sharing the record with Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam, Graham Gano, and David Akers. The record stood for just over two years when it was broken by Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater on December 8, 2013. Janikowski also holds the record for most games played with the Raiders; at the end of the 2017 season he had played 268 games with the team.
Lou Groza Award winners
Carolina Panthers current roster