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17. Adam Vinatieri

Undrafted from South Dakota State, Adam Vinatieri latched on with the Amsterdam Admirals of the World League before joining the New England Patriots in 1996.


Named an All-Rookie, Vinatieri became iconic in New England history when he tied the game 13-13 with a 45-yard Field Goal in a blizzard to send the game into overtime.  The Patriots would win the game and go on to win their first Super Bowl.  Vinatieri and the Pats went on to win two more Super Bowls, with the Kicker making clutch kick after clutch kick.

Vinatieri left the Patriots as a Free Agent to sign with Indianapolis, where he would win another Super Bowl.  He was the all-time leading scorer before Stephen Gostkowski passed him. 

Vinatieri would be chosen for the 2000s All-Decade Team and the 100thAnniversary All-Time Team.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Place Kicker
  • Acquired: Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent before the 1996 Season.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent by the Indianapolis Colts 3/22/06.
  • Games Played: 160
  • Notable Statistics:

    321 Field Goal Attempts
    263 Field Goals Made
    81.9% Field Goal Percentage
    374 Extra Points Attempted
    367 Extra Points Made
    98.1% Extra Point Percentage
    804 Kick Offs
    49,995 Kick Off Yards
    2 Punts
    60 Punting Yards
    1 Pass Completion
    1 Pass Attempt
    4 Passing Yards
    1 Passing Touchdown
    33 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII & XXXIX)
    First Team All-Pro (2002 & 2004)
    Pro Bowl (2002 & 2004)
    All-Rookie (1996)
    Most Field Goals Made (2004)
    Highest Field Goal Percentage (2002 & 2004)

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