Gonzalez has perfect NFL debut, scoring 4 points for Browns
CLEVELAND, OHIO - If only he could have had the chance to kick a game-tying field goal or better yet, a game-winning field goal, then his NFL debut would have been even sweeter.
But as it was, it was still a pretty sweet NFL debut for former Deer Park High School football player Zane Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, the Cleveland Browns’ new placekicker, scored four points Sunday in Cleveland’s 21-18 season-opening defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Gonzalez’s first score in the NFL arrived in the opening stanza when he booted the extra point after the Browns scored their first touchdown of the new season, creating a 7-7 tie.
After the Steelers scored go-ahead touchdowns in the second and third quarters, Cleveland threatened to get one of those scores back but the Browns couldn’t punch it in and Gonzalez was called on to attempt a 24-yard field goal in which he converted, giving him his four points for the day.
Cleveland scored again in the fourth but rather than trot Gonzalez out for the PAT, the Browns elected to go for two in an attempt to get them within a field goal of Pittsburgh. They were successful, but that’s as far as the rally went.
For what it was worth, Gonzalez outscored Pittsburgh placekicker and Texas native Chris Boswell, who played his high school ball at Fossil Ridge in the Ft. Worth area and played at Rice University. by a 4-3 margin.
Gonzalez and the Browns hit the road next Sunday for a game against the Baltimore Ravens.