Adam Vinatieri made his retirement from the NFL official Wednesday.
Vinatieri stated in an look on “The Pat McAfee Present” he is “driving off into the sundown” after a profession that spanned nearly 1 / 4 of a century.
“By Friday, if paperwork goes via, you heard it right here first,” Vinatieri informed McAfee, who held for Vinatieri in Indianapolis.
Vinatieri spent the primary 10 seasons of his profession with the Patriots and the final 14 with the Colts. He did not play throughout the 2020 season after the Colts opted to roll with Rodrigo Blankenship as their kicker and no different crew signed him.
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Vinatieri put forth among the best kicking careers in NFL historical past, and he might be the most effective to ever play the place.
Simply how good was he? Listed below are seven loopy stats as an example Vinatieri’s decades-long dominance:
1. There have been three situations in Tremendous Bowl historical past the place a game-winning subject aim was made with lower than 10 seconds on the clock. Jim O’Brien of the Baltimore Colts kicked one among them. Vinatieri kicked the opposite two.
2. Vinatieri is tied for third amongst NFL gamers with 4 Tremendous Bowl rings and is the chief amongst kickers.
3. He’s the all-time Tremendous Bowl chief with 10 subject aim makes an attempt and 13 PAT makes and is tied with Stephen Gostkowski for the lead with seven subject targets.
4. Vinatieri is the NFL’s all-time scoring chief with 2,673 factors. That locations him forward of Morten Andersen (2,544) and places him in an unique membership of two,000-plus-point scorers (there are solely seven). Extra impressively, he additionally leads with 238 postseason factors scored. That offers him 2,911 complete profession factors.
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5. Together with the postseason, Vinatieri has performed in 397 video games, most in NFL historical past. By comparability, new lively chief Tom Brady has performed in 346 video games. It could take Brady a minimal of three seasons (common season and playoffs) to go Vinatieri.
6. At 46 years, 338 days previous in his final sport, Vinatieri is the third-oldest participant in NFL historical past. He trailed solely Andersen (47 years, 133 days) and George Blanda (48 years, 109 days) and would have surpassed each had he performed in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season.
7. Vinatieri had the best single-season subject aim proportion for a participant 40 or older. He made 96.8 p.c of his makes an attempt (30 of 31) in 2014, the 12 months he turned 42. Solely two different kickers, Gary Anderson and Matt Bryant, have made higher than 95 p.c of their subject aim kicks past their Age 40 season.
It’ll be very tough for any participant to match all that Vinatieri was capable of do throughout his profession.