Olindo Franco Mare
(born June 6, 1973 in Hollywood, Florida
) is an American football placekicker
for the Carolina Panthers
of the National Football League
. He was originally signed by the New York Giants
as an undrafted free agent
in 1996. He played college football
at MacMurray College
Mare, who was selected to the Pro Bowl
, has also played for the Miami Dolphins
& New Orleans Saints
Mare attended Cooper City High School
(Cooper City, Florida
), and was a student and letterman
. Olindo Mare graduated from Cooper City High School in 1991. Olindo played at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois
Mare has a career field goal
percentage of 81.2%. He is considered to be one of the best in the league at kickoffs
, with a career average of 63.8 yards.
Mare played the first 10 seasons of his career with the Miami Dolphins.
, Mare attempted his first, and thus far, only rushing
attempt on fake field goal against the Carolina Panthers
. He was stopped for a 5 yard loss.
While in 2004 season
, when Mare was out with a calf injury, current New England Patriots
wide receiver Wes Welker
replaced him and became only the second player in NFL history to return a kickoff and a punt, kick an extra point and a field goal, and make a tackle in a single game.
During the 2005 season
, he scored 25 of 30 on field goals, averaged 67.0 yards per kickoff, and had 16 touchbacks in 73 kicks. Mare... Read More