The file on kicker Giorgio Tavecchio
Italian-born Tavecchio gets his start in East Bay
Born in Milan in 1990 to a mother that worked for the U.S. Government and a father that restored antique furniture in Italy, Giorgio Tavecchio lived in Connecticut, Rome, Moraga and Virginia during his childhood. In 2005, the family settled in Moraga. He attended Campolindo High School where he played football and soccer over his final three years.
Unexpected phone call
Tavecchio told NBCSportsBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco in 2012 that his plan out of high school was to go to UC Davis to play soccer. But then a phone call changed his life.
"I didn't get any bites for football," Tavecchio said. "Nobody else was talking to me about football. Cal, out of the blue called and said, 'Hey, we have a walk-on spot for you.'
"I still remember the date: May 28, 2008, 4:01 p.m. That's the minute my life changed."
Tavecchio started all four seasons at Cal. During his time there, he made 48 of 64 field goals and 112 of 120 extra points.
"It was such a blessing to go to school there," Tavecchio told Maiocco in 2012. "I grew every year, through the struggles and successes. That's why I love football. I feel like I grew a lot and I hope to grow a lot moving forward."
Tavecchio goes undrafted but...
No one drafted Giorgio Tavecchio, but the 49ers signed the undrafted free agent on May 2, 2012 to be David Akers' back-up.
"He reminds me a lot of me," Akers told NBCSportsBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco in 2012. "He came in real green. He has a good leg. He's worked on his craft. He's improved. He still has to kind of figure out the games and put the professionalism into it. But that's a process you learn from."
Waived by the 49ers, Tavecchio signed with the Packers in the spring of 2013. His time ended with Green Bay a few months later. In 2014, he latched on to the Lions, but was cut before the season.
A few days later, his love affair with the Raiders began...
Raiders keep bringing Tavecchio back
A pattern started to develop after Tavecchio was waived by Detroit. He spent time with the Raiders during 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In all that time, he never made his NFL debut.
But that all changed in 2017...
What a debut
Just two days before the start of the season, the Raiders signed Tavecchio to their practice squad, allowing him to travel to Nashville with the team for their season-opener. A day later, he was signed to the active roster after the team placed 39-year-old kicker Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve with a back injury.
Pressed into action against the Titans, Tavecchio had an NFL debut to remember. He made all four of his field goal attempts, include a pair of 52-yard tries and accounted for 14 of the Raiders' 26 points.
Tavecchio become the first kicker since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to boot at least two field goals of 50+ yards in his NFL debut.