Garo Yepremian

Garo Yepremian

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Garabed Sarkis "Garo" Yepremian (born June 2, 1944) is an Armenian-American former football placekicker in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a career that spanned from 1966 to 1981. <p>

Yepremian was born in Larnaca, Cyprus to Armenian parents. Yepremian had no prior knowledge of American football and the first game he played in was the first game he saw. The evolution of young Garo from wide-eyed immigrant to an NFL star on arguably the greatest team in history (the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins) made him a real life Rocky. On the island of Cyprus, his poor family did not have indoor plumbing and kept warm in winter by burning olive pits. The family shared one dream: the American Dream. It is the stuff of fiction that within a few years the disarming Garo would be the leading scorer in a sport he never knew existed, was golfing with Jackie Gleason and singing alongside Bob Hope at Miami's famed Fontainebleau Hotel.
<p>Garo and his brother Krikor had emigrated to the U.S. to set a foundation for their parents' arrival. At a loss for a viable game plan, Garo happened to watch a few minutes of a football game on television. Garo told Krikor he knew the key to the Yepremian's success in America. He somehow believed he could kick field goals for a living. <p>

After much practice in which he finally proved to Krikor he, indeed, might have the ability to kick, the...
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