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TAMPA - Mayor Pam Iorio watched Tampa Bay Buccaneer kicker Matt Bryant's 62-yard, game-winning field goal against Philadelphia on Sunday, and "just like everyone, I was totally wowed," she said.


So, on Monday, Iorio turned the "wow" into words and presented Bryant with a proclamation naming Monday "Matt Bryant Day" in Tampa.


Bryant's "can-do spirit," Bryant said, "has inspired us all."


Bryant's kick, which came on the final play of the game and gave the Bucs a 23-21 victory, was the second-longest in NFL history and helped the Bucs pull out a win in a game they led until the final 33 seconds.


"It was a big kick," Bryant said. "I didn't really grasp how big it was (after the game)."


Bryant said he tried to keep the kick in perspective.


"The one thing I didn't want is to be summed up by this kick," he said.


Still, Bryant realizes the significance of the kick.


"I don't know how much better it could get then that, except making it in the Super Bowl," Bryant said.


As for the proclamation, Bryant was somewhat humbled. He has known Iorio since meeting her at a function before the start of the 2005 season.


"I felt I made a friend," Bryant said. "It doesn't hurt to have the mayor of Tampa as a friend."





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