By Javier Ascoli
This week on my Instagram page (@powerf00tball), I had the opportunity to talk to NFL Kicker Sergio Castillo. We made a Q&A post, where my followers asked Sergio some questions about his career, his achievements, his experience in the NFL, among other topics. I am grateful to have these “Once in a Lifetime” opportunities to talk to an active NFL player, to learn their stories and experiences, and to give people, especially NFL fans, the chance to ask questions to players.
Sergio Castillo is a professional football placekicker for the New York Jets. Born in La Joya, TX in 1990. He played college football for the West Texas A&M Buffaloes from 2010 to 2013. Castillo signed as an Undrafted Free Agent to the Atlanta Falcons after the 2014 Draft. From 2015 to 2018 in different teams of the Canadian Football Team. Castillo also spent some time in the San Antonio Commanders from the Alliance of American Football, later he returned to the CFL to play for the BC Lions. In November 2019, he was drafted by the Houston Roughnecks in the XFL Draft. Recently in October, the US/Mexican Kicker was signed to the New York Jets' Practice Squad. He was elevated to the active roster for Week 7 due to Sam Ficken's injury. He has played in five games for the Jets, converting seven out of nine field goals, and six out of seven extra points. His longest field goal so far was a 55-yard bomb in week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
AVG: 42 YARDS
Longest Field Goal: 55-yard FG (against Kansas City)
TOTAL POINTS: 27
Interview: (Questions from different followers)
Q: When did you start kicking and did you begin off a block, and if so, when did you transition to kicking off the ground?
A: Began kicking a bit in Middle School but did not get serious until High School. I began kicking off the ground in my Junior year in High School.
Q: What made you decide to be a kicker?
A: The football coach came to the soccer field when we were practicing and asked who wanted to kick. I had a small itch in me to do; a new challenge and it paid off.
Q: Favorite player growing up?
A: Was a big soccer fan growing up, so I would have to say, Oswaldo Sanchez! He played goalie for the Mexican National Team.
Q: How is a day like for a professional football player? Any advice on how to stay motivated even if things are not going as planned?
A: A day full of meetings and practice. I always write down my goals in the mornings, so it is a constant reminder of motivation.
Q: What is your favorite kick you have made in your career?
A: First kick ever for my High School; La Joya ISD. Date: October 13th, 2006. Twenty-six yards left harsh. Game-winner against Donna High School.
Q: How does it feel to be on a winless team? (Question came from a Jets’ fan)
A: It is part of the job. Got to find a way to keep fighting as a team and stick together.
Q: Is Mekhi Becton the biggest human you have seen? (Question came from a Jets’ fan)
A: He is beyond huge and it is amazing to see the things he can do on the field.
Q: How do you like New York City? What is your favorite food in there?
A: I have not been able to venture much due to COVID-19, so once it calms down, I will go out for sure.
Q: How does it feel to play for the New York Jets?
A: It is a blessing to be playing for the Jets! A dream came true.
Q: What is the biggest challenge in your career?
A: The hardest thing was not making it into the NFL. It was believing in myself. The power of the mind is key. Once you can control the mind, then you can accomplish anything with hard work!
Q: What is your favorite moment with the New York Jets?
A: Definitely making that first Field Goal and getting congratulated and cheered by my teammates.
Once again, I am grateful to Sergio for giving me this huge opportunity to learn more about his career and achievements. Wish him good luck in the rest of his career and life.
(Could not find highlights just form Castillo, but there it is his career-long Field Goal)