In April the Bucs drafted Kansas State kicker Martin Gramatica in the third round, making him the first player from Argentina to be chosen. Though Gramatica hasn't lived there since he was eight, his selection was cause for celebration in the homeland. One of the surprise interviewers from an Argentinian radio station was soccer star Diego Maradona. "You're my idol!" Gramatica told Maradona. "Now," Maradona replied, "you're mine."
During his last two years in college, Gramatica made 41 of 51 field goal attempts and all but one of 107 extra point tries; his 65-yard field goal against Northern Illinois in 1998 is the longest in NCAA history without a tee.