There are people kicking too, and Adam Vinatieri is the greatest kicker of all time. Put some damn respect in his name. The 48-year-old veteran, who is Leading scorer of all time in NFL history, Announced his retirement On the Pat McPhee show yesterday.
Vinatieri has a fascinating backstory. He played college football in his home state for South Dakota State University. He ended his four-year college career as the SDSU all-time leading scorer. Disorganized, Vinateri played abroad for a year with the then-World League of American Football’s Amsterdam Admirals (and he’s inside). Their ringing of respect, Like Kurt Warner!). Prior to the 1996 season, he signed with the New England Patriots as a free agent, beating veteran Matt Bahar for the job.
Vinaytiri, like Tom Brady, made a name for himself in the 2001 playoffs, when he drilled a 45-yard kick, according to the infamous “talk-rule” against the Raiders in overtime.
“Adam Vinateri is the greatest kicker of all time who made the most kicks in the 2001 divisional playoffs,” Belichik said. And the performance under pressure was great. I am honored to have my traitorous year back in 1996 and to coach Adam through some of the most special moments in patriotic and league history. The rest of Adam’s athletes are in Ecclestone whose career achievements never match. ”
After winning three Super Bowls at the start of the Patriot Dynasty, New England England did not put the franchise tag on the wide kicker and allowed him to walk into independent agency. He kept his eyes on either the warm weather or the dome, and when the Indianapolis Colts and their indoor play surface were called, it was a quick wedding.
“When the Colts were called, I told my agent, ‘We’re not going to hang out anymore.'” Vinatieri said in 2006. “I told him, ‘If Indy is interested, let’s do it.’ “
In his first season with the Colts, he found himself in a familiar area – back in the Super Bowl. On the way to the big game, he defeated the Baltimore Ravens 15-16 in the divisional round. He found himself at the top of the game again, winning his fourth Super Bowl bell this time around with the Chicago Bears.
He is the only player in league history to top 1000 points with two different franchises.
Vinatieri has a definite fire, Fame’s first ballot Hill of Fame with 2,673 career A points and 599 field goals (both records).