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Adam Vinatieri

Playing his college ball at South Dakota State, Vinatieri began his pro career with the Amsterdam Admirals of the World League of American Football.  The New England Patriots signed him after and in 1996, he was officially a National Football League player.

New England was a team on the rise and if we are to agree that New England has been the best team in the last 20 years, it was Vinatieri’s kick in the snow that began the dynasty.  Against the Oakland Raiders in the playoffs, Vinatieri booted a 45 Yard Field Goal in a blizzard to send the game in Overtime, which he would win for them with a 23 Yard FG.  The Patriots would then beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, with Vinatieri again kicking the winning Field Goal, this time from 48 Yards out.  He would go to two Pro Bowls and earn two First Team All-Pro Selections as a Patriot, and would also win two more Super Bowls.

Vinatieri signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 and he would win his fourth Super Bowl in his debut season in the Hoosier State.  He played for Indianapolis until 2019, and left the game as the all-time leader in Points (2,673) and Field Goals (599).

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Yankton, South Dakota, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 2025
  • Position: Place Kicker
  • Played For: Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots
  • College: South Dakota State
  • Drafted: Undrafted in 1996
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (2002, 2004 & 2014)
    Pro Bowl (2002, 2004 & 2014)
    All-Rookie (1996)
    Most Points Scored (2004)
    Most Extra Points Made (2010)
    Most Field Goals Made (2004)
    Highest Field Goal Percentage (2002, 2004 & 2014)
    Super Bowl Rings (4) (New England Patriots XXXVI, XXXVIII & XXXIX, Indianapolis Colts XLI) 

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Points Scored (9) (1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2013 & 2014)
    Top Ten Finishes: Extra Points Made (13) (1996, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016 & 2018)
    Top Ten Finishes: Extra Point Attempts (13) (1996, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016 & 2018)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals Made (10) (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2013 &, 2016)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Attempts (8) (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2012 &, 2016)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (8) (1997, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2015 &, 2016)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    1.   Points Scored: 2,673
    1.   Field Goals Made: 599
    1.   Field Goal Attempts: 715
    1.   Games Played: 365
    2.   Extra Points Made: 874
    2.   Extra Point Attempts: 898
    16. Field Goal Percentage: 83.776
    82. Extra Point Percentage: 97.327

Should Adam Vinatieri be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 100%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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