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Fabrizio Scaccia
Arizona Rattlers
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-08-21) August 21, 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth: Oceanside, New York
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Indian River State College
Debuted in 2010 for the Arizona Rattlers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
†While still under contract with original team
Roster status: Recallable reassignement
Career highlights and awards
  • UFL 2010 Special Teams Player Of The Week (Week 2 and Week 8 and holder of longest field goal from 59 yards)
Career NFL statistics as of 2010
Field Goals     --
Field Goals Made     --
Field Goal Percentage     --
Stats at NFL.com

Fabrizio Scaccia (born August 21, 1984) is an American football placekicker who is currently with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League. He was signed by the Arizona Rattlers as a street free agent in 2010. He attended Indian River State College a school that did not have a football team, so he joined semi-pro football.

He has also been a member of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League and the Philadelphia Soul of the AFL.

Early yearsEdit

Scaccia did not play any organized football prior to his entering St. Lucie Centennial West High School in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He was a dual sport letterman in football and soccer from 2000-2003. His major high school athletic accomplishments including lettering in both varsity football as a placekicker and punter plus as a soccer forward for four years.

In football he earned first-team all-state honors which included playing in the state's Outback Bowl as a senior, kicked a 51-yard field goal that broke the school's distance record (previously held by his older brother Massimo), and set another record with 35 of 38 kickoffs recorded as touchbacks. In soccer, he was named first-team All-American, kicked six goals in one game and garnered just about every conceivable award for his footwork and play on the field.

After graduation, Scaccia received a football scholarship offer from the University of South Carolina, but had to turn it down after his mother got into a serious car accident that required his care.[1]

Amateur careerEdit

Fort Pierce FireEdit

In 2005-2007, while still living and working in southern Florida, Scaccia enjoyed tremendous success in amateur football with the Fort Pierce Fire team in the South States Football League (SSFL) as their starting placekicker and punter.[2]

Treasure Coast BobcatsEdit

Scaccia played for the Treasure Coast Bobcats of the Florida Football Alliance (FFA) from 2007–2009. On March 29, 2009, Scaccia kicked a 68-yard field goal, which tied him for the second-longest kick of all-time and the longest ever without the use of a kicking tee. This record-setting kick also earned him a spot in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" section in the April 20, 2009 issue.

He also had over 25 kickoff touchbacks and averaged almost 53 yards in punting during his stint in the FFA, which is played by NFL rules and regulations. Scaccia had other long kicks from 66, 62, and 58 yards during this time and culminated his amateur football career in May 2009. He earned many awards and honors including National Minor League Player of the Year, All-Star team selection for the FFA both seasons, and election to the Minor League Hall of Fame.[1]

Professional careerEdit

First stint with RattlersEdit

Scaccia played for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League (AFL) from February 2010 to July 2010 in which he played in ten games. He made 90% of all his placekicks and missed a 64-yard field goal off the crossbar. Had it been converted, it would have been the longest in indoor football history.

Sacramento Mountain LionsEdit

Scaccia was invited to an open tryout for the United Football League (UFL) in Las Vegas and was ultimately signed by the Sacramento Mountain Lions. He was named Special Teams Player of the Week on September 29 and again on November 9. Scaccia also tied the UFL's field goal distance record of 54 yards (shared with Florida Tuskers kicker Nick Novak) in a game against Florida on September 25, 2010.

Scaccia kicked in eight games for the Mountain Lions and was 17-for-17 on points after touchdown and was 12 of 16 on field goals with his shortest miss being 48 yards.[1] He was nominated for Special Teams Player of the Year and was third overall in UFL scoring for the 2010 season which concluded in November.

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On December 21, 2010, Scaccia was invited to a tryout with the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League (NFL) and was signed to the practice squad immediately. He spent the last two weeks of the season on the 49ers' practice squad, and was re-signed to a future contract on January 5, 2011.

Second stint with RattlersEdit

Because of the 2011 NFL lockout, Scaccia was able to re-sign with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League on April 14, 2011, with the 49ers still holding his rights in the NFL.[3] He was waived on August 22.

Second stint with the Mountain LionsEdit

After returning to the Mountain Lions in 2011, Scaccia was waived on October 4; he had attempted four field goals in the two games he played, missing twice, including a key 39-yard attempt.[4] He was re-signed by the Mountain Lions for the 2012 season. Scaccia broke his own UFL record with a 59-yard kick in the October 10 game against the Las Vegas Locomotives at Raley Field.

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