Tayside and Central Scotland

Super Bowl star Graham Gano plans Arbroath visit

Graham Gano Image copyright EPA
Image caption Gano returned to the US as a child but has many relatives in Scotland

Super Bowl star Graham Gano has said it would be "good to get back" for a visit to his native town of Arbroath.

The 28-year-old kicker with Carolina Panthers will be a key player when they take on Denver Broncos later.

Gano moved to Carolina in 2014 on a contract reported to be worth $12m (£8.2m).

He said he plans a trip with his wife and two children to the Angus town, where his US Navy officer father was stationed in the 1980s.

Although born in Arbroath, Gano returned to the US with his family as a child.

Many of the relatives, including his sister, still live in Scotland.

Since establishing himself as a successful player in college football, Gano has played in Las Vegas, Washington and Baltimore.

Speaking about a return to Arbroath, he said: "My aunt and uncle came and visited this past year, they travel a lot so I've got to see them quite a few times.

"I haven't been back in a while. I want to take my wife and my kids back and see my family - I've got my sister, aunt and uncle, cousins and nieces (in Scotland).

"It will be good to get back and maybe pick my accent up again."

He added: "It will be hard to travel all the way across the ocean with two small kids but it will be great to be able to go back to where I was born."

Image copyright Karen Vernon
Image caption The biggest sports venue in Arbroath is the football club's Gayfield stadium

The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world.

Last year's game, in which New England Patriots beat Seattle Seahawks, attracted a television audience of 114 million people.

Gano said he would welcome the pressure of a potentially game-winning field goal, after previously making the kick that won the Las Vegas Locomotives the inaugural United Football League Championship game in 2009.

He is aiming to follow in the footsteps of fellow Scot and former New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, who was born in Greenock.

He won two Super Bowl titles in the last decade.

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