Olindo Mare

Olindo Mare

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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 and Syracuse.

Mare, who was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1999, has also played for the Miami Dolphins & New Orleans Saints.

Early years

Mare attended Cooper City High School (Cooper City, Florida), and was a student and letterman in football and soccer. Olindo Mare graduated from Cooper City High School in 1991. Olindo played at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Professional career

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.

Miami Dolphins

Mare played the first 10 seasons of his career with the Miami Dolphins.

In 2001, 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...
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