5 Things to Know: Kicker Zane Gonzalez

The San Francisco 49ers acquired Zane Gonzalez from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a conditional swap of late-round picks in the 2025 NFL Draft.

Keep reading to learn more about San Francisco's newest kicker.

1. Behind the Name Zane 2. Return to the NFC West 3. NFC Special Teams Player of the Week 4. Pregame Cleat Routine 5. ASU All-Time Leader 1. Behind the Name Zane

After Gonzalez was drafted to the Cleveland Browns in 2017, cleveland.com got to know the kicker's family for a story about his upbringing.

Gonzalez's father, Joseph, revealed the story behind Zane's name.

"We were watching the movie 'Maverick' with Mel Gibson and his dad's name was Zane Cooper," Joseph said, "and I just liked the name Zane."

2. Return to the NFC West Gonzalez played in the NFC West division from 2018-2020 with the Arizona Cardinals.

He took over as a starter when Phil Dawson sustained an injury in Week 12 of the 2018 season.

The kicker stayed with the Cardinals through the 2021 season, connecting on 54-of-66 field goals and 77-of-80 extra points.

3. NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Prior to missing the 2022 season due to injury, Gonzalez appeared in 12 games for the Carolina Panthers in 2021 

and connected on 20-of-22 field goal attempts (90.9 percent) and 22-of-23 extra point attempts (95.7 percent) for 82 total points.

He was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice on the season, in Weeks 8 and 10.


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