Over the offseason, thousands of fans voted in our "Team For the Ages" contest to construct the best imaginable 50-man roster from the NFL’s modern era, which began in 1967. The votes have been counted, and we’re unveiling one player each weekday between now and the kickoff of the 2018 NFL season.
The entire Team For the Ages roster will be unveiled at "Football Legends LIVE!" Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake, Ill. Tickets are on sale now: https://shawmediaevents.com/e/pfw50
Colts, Patriots PK Adam Vinatieri
As he enters his 23rd season, the 45-year-old Vinatieri has played in 337 NFL games, the fifth most in history, and he’s participated in five Super Bowls, including four victories. In two of those wins, both with the Patriots, Vinatieri kicked the game-winning field goal in the final seconds.
They said it
“You’re not a kicker, you’re a football player.”
-- Patriots coach Bill Parcells, in 1996 to rookie Vinatieri, after Vinatieri chased down Herschel Walker on a kickoff return.
Since turning 40, Vinatieri has connected on 89.6 percent of his FG attempts (146 of 163), including 79.3 percent of his attempts from 50 yards or farther. Only one kicker in the history of the NFL with at least 100 attempts has a higher career success rate than Vinatieri’s post-40 mark – the Ravens’ Justin Tucker at 90.2 percent.
Since turning 41, Vinatieri has connected on 82.6 percent (19 of 23) of his FG attempts from 50 yards or longer.
Did you know?
Vinatieri holds the NFL record for most postseason points (234) and most overtime field goals made (12). He is the only player ever to score 1,000 points with two different teams. He is the oldest active player in the NFL and has converted the second most field goals in NFL history (553) and attempted the third most.
Vinatieri began his professional career in 1995 with the Amsterdam Admirals of the World League of American Football, a year before he signed with the Patriots.
He holds the NFL record with 44 consecutive field goals, starting in Week 2 of the 2015 season and ending in Week 11 the following season on Nov. 20, 2016.
In high school, Vinatieri was a quarterback and middle linebacker. At South Dakota State, he was also the punter.
In Super Bowl XXVI, Vinatieri kicked a 48-yard field goal on the final play to give the Patriots their first Super Bowl victory, a 20–17 upset win over the Rams, who were 14-point favorites.
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