Mexican in the NFL: Kicker Sergio Castillo to make his debut with the New York Jets

25/10/2020

Mexican Sergio Castillo will make his NFL debut in the match between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. The opportunity that the 29-year-old athlete will have, was given because the Jets' kicker, Sam Ficken, suffered a groin injury and the person in charge of replacing him will be Castillo.

Mexican NFL: Kicker Sergio Castillo. Photo: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Mexican NFL: Kicker Sergio Castillo. Photo: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The native of La Joya, Texas, and of Mexican parents, signed on October 14 with the organization, two months ago he sought to prove himself with the Pittsburgh and Cleveland franchises. While in 2014, he was part of the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason, but his stay was short.

Brant Boyer, coach of special teams in the Jets, emphasized for the Sports Illustrated website the importance of having a player like Sergio at this time. "We have guys who can do it, but certainly not of the caliber that Sergio is. So, as I said, it was a very good decision to bring him.

Castillo's experience is in the XFL (he made five field goal attempts, with the Houston Roughnecks) and Canadian Football League, his last team was BC Lions, teams that wished him good luck in his debut in the NFL. "All of British Columbia is behind you".

On the Jets website, they mention that in his participation in the Canadian League in 2019 he played 238 games, averaged 44.4 yards of clearance, and scored 87% of his field goals.

It should be noted that the player resigned his contract with the Canadian Football League in August, which was to expire in February 2021, the date by which he became a free agent, according to information from the 3DownNation website. One of the justifications for his decision is in case any NFL team called him and that's what happened with the Jets.

He graduated from West Texas A&M University, and from 2015 to 2017 was part of the Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Hamilton teams, where he made 39 of 47 fielding attempts and missed only two of his 27.

Sergio Castillo: Photo: Twitter @hcfb_official
Sergio Castillo: Photo: Twitter @hcfb_official

Regarding the now Jets player, Brant Boyer said he is familiar with the athlete's talent, because he has seen it in camps. "He's come and learned all our stuff and has been working hard and kicking really well for us several times. As I said, I have confidence in these two guys, and we'll see how it goes as we go through the week," he added.

It should be noted that the player, before he joined the organization, was tested for three days for COVID-19 so that he could start with the practices.

The Jets have a 0-6 mark in the current regular phase, which places them in the last place of the American Conference, for the moment, they are the only team that has lost all their matches.