After an amazing career spanning 24 seasons, 48 year-old Adam Vinatieri has announced his retirement from the NFL. The NFL’s all-time leading scorer made the announcement on Tuesday during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
Vinatieri is a lock to become the fifth kicker enshrined in Canton after numerous memorable moments on the NFL’s biggest stage.
Vinatieri began his career with the Patriots back in 1996 and spent 10 seasons with the Patriots (1996-2005) as a member of 3 Super Bowl championship teams, and 14 seasons with the Colts (2006-2019).
Vinatieri hit a total of 14 game-winning kicks that came on the final play of the game in either fourth quarter or overtime, which is tied for the most in NFL history.
Vinatieri will be remembered forever for his playoff heroicsm especially in a divisional playoff game during the 2001 season against Oakland.
“I would say it was by far the greatest kick I have ever seen,” Belichick said in October 2018. “The conditions were very difficult. There were probably three to four inches of snow on the ground. It was a soft snow that kind of didn’t go away. I mean, there was no way to get around it. The magnitude of the kick was significant. It’s got to be the greatest kick of all time.”
Adam Vinatieri with the kick that began the Patriots Dynasty pic.twitter.com/bwnowyHUB1
— Wicked Boston (@WickedBoston_) May 26, 2021
17 years ago today, Adam Vinatieri delivered a memorable Super Bowl-winning field goal against the Rams in SB36. This was just the start of the Patriots dynasty. pic.twitter.com/iXaDfPhrys
— SportsTalkFeed (@SportsTalkFeed) February 3, 2019