So, just who is this Giovani Tavecchio?

The Green Bay Packers signed a kicker today – Italian-born Giorgio Tavecchio – doing so to provide competition for Packers longtime kicker Mason Crosby who had the worst season of his career in 2012.

Giovani Tavecchio was signed today by the Green
Bay Packers

But who is this guy … what do we know about him?

Well other than the fact that he graduated from the University of California, not much has been published as yet about him.

He was born July 16, 1990, making him 22 years old. His parents are Renato and Gabriella Tavecchio and Giorgio is said to have been very involved in the communities in which he has lived – Milan, Rome, Shelton, Conn., Falls Church, Va., and Miraga, Calif. He majored in political economy.

We also know that upon arrival at Cal as a freshman, he was on the football team four days prior to his first game. In an videotaped interview on the college’s website, Tavecchio talked about his four years as an athlete and student. His parents in the video also talk about the young man’s growth while at Cal. His mother, Gabriella said, “he’s become a man, a good man.”

“I’ve been very fortunate because everywhere we’ve moved, my parents main priority was me and my brother,” Giorgio said.  I’e had the best of every place I’ve lived. Family dinners were huge. My dad always made sure we sat down and ate with a knife and fork … just those little things …”

Giving back to his community has also been important to Giogio and his family. “The community has give so much to us,” Gabriella said. “It’s time to give back.”

“He was involved in Athletes in Action, he got involved in … programs to go help people and that’s the way we are … and that’s the way we brought him up,” Renato said.

Giovani Tavecchio will compete for a job with the
Green Bay Packers

Giorgio’s work as a child mentor at an area school has also been a big part of his life as he volunteers his time several hours per week. “I just try to be a positive influence on this five-year-old kid.”

As a soccer player-turned-place kicker for the Golden Bears, Tavecchio was thrust quickly into his role on the team and though his statistics aren’t overly impressive, the Packers obviously saw enough in their tryout session to sign him with a contract with an opportunity to beat out Crosby.

At Cal, Tavecchio converted 48-of-64 field goals (75 percent).

He will have to show that he can kick at a more consistent rate if he’s going to have a shot at making the Packers squad and though he’s a longshot at best, he is still an intriguing cast member and should bring a new perspective not only for the Packers, but for Crosby.

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