For Colts placekicker Adam Vinatieri, staying ready to kick appears to be something of a balancing act.
The 40-year old Vinatieri told Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star that keeping his conditioning is key.
“I try not to get too far out of shape,” Vinatieri told the paper in a feature published Saturday. “It takes longer to get it back.”
However, Vinatieri, the NFL’s oldest player per the Star, also told the paper he generally won’t kick on consecutive days as he prepares for the season.
Said Vinatieri: “It’s important I stay fresh so the next time I go out there, I can kick it good again.”
One factor that surely doesn’t hurt Vinatieri’s strength: he has not handled kickoffs since 2009, with those duties falling to punter Pat McAfee.
Vinatieri connected on 26-of-33 field goals in 2012, and his 78.8 percent accuracy rate was his lowest for a full season since 2003. However, Vinatieri hit 9-of-10 field goals from 40-49 yards and 4-of-7 attempts from 50 yards and beyond — good signs relative to his leg strength.
And, of course, there are no doubts about his ability to perform in big games.