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Vinatieri, Bruschi battling for last spot on Pats’ Mt. Rushmore

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Later today, we’ll pull the sheet off the New England Mt. Rushmore.  Based on fan voting, three of the names are pretty much set in, well, stone.

The last spot features a race to the finish between kicker Adam Vinatieri and linebacker Tedy Bruschi.

Ordinarily, we’d scoff at putting a kicker on the mountain.  (See Kasay, John.)  But when a team wins three Super Bowls by a field goal each and the kicker in question played a pivotal role in one of the greatest postseason NFL games of all time, it’s time to consider making an exception.

Especially when the kicker was born and raised in South Dakota.

Find out who the winner is tonight on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk.

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37 Responses to “Vinatieri, Bruschi battling for last spot on Pats’ Mt. Rushmore”
  1. nightofthehipple says: Jun 20, 2013 10:02 AM

    How can it not be Belichik, Brady, Hannah, and Tippett?

  2. cajunaise says: Jun 20, 2013 10:06 AM

    Hernandez, Tebow, Tuck Rule, Videotape

  3. CKL says: Jun 20, 2013 10:19 AM

    Look, the whole AV to the Colts thing made me bitter towards him not because of money but his reported reasoning behind it. That said, the guy is definitely clutch and he won PM a playoffgame with 5 FG against Balt in their 06 run which was the only points Indy scored as well so it continued with them.

    But in my opinion , if there is a tie, it has to go to Bruschi (for whom I did not originally vote) since he was a model Patriot, and remained so his entire career, and even returned from having a stroke to play again. Tie goes to the better back story.

  4. parmelng says: Jun 20, 2013 10:20 AM

    How can it not be the guy who wrote/called the tuck rule, the camera guy from spy gate?

  5. michaeljacksonisback says: Jun 20, 2013 10:20 AM

    Arron Hernandez gets on or somebody dies!!!

  6. grpatriot says: Jun 20, 2013 10:21 AM

    Got to have Kraft on there! Really turns things around for the Pats…

  7. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 20, 2013 10:22 AM

    Not to mention some of the other ridiculous kicks he made, in bad weather, to help them get there.

  8. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Jun 20, 2013 10:25 AM

    In my view, this shouldn’t even be subject to debate. It is indeed Brady, Belichick, Hannah, and Tippett.

  9. metalfuzzydice says: Jun 20, 2013 10:25 AM

    “How can it not be Belichik, Brady, Hannah, and Tippett?”

    Because alot of patriot fans don’t realize they had a franchise before 2001.

  10. mattwalshvideo says: Jun 20, 2013 10:25 AM

    Matt Walsh
    Ernie Adams
    Video assistant 1
    Video assistant 2

    Shout out to Aaron Hernandez.

  11. elyasm says: Jun 20, 2013 10:27 AM

    Belichick, Brady, Brown & Bruschi!

  12. sfniners4life says: Jun 20, 2013 10:32 AM

    Brady, belichik, Kraft, and law.

  13. ne4789 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:32 AM

    With all respect to Bruschi and Vinateri, their contributions are definitely Patriots HOF worthy, however PFT’s Mount Rushmore is the four most iconic figures in the history of a franchise. Everyone knows Belichick and Brady who are definitely locks. When we have two other NFL HOF players in John Hannah and Andre Tippett who were also recognized as members of the all-decade team. Out of all of these players I don’t see how these four are not the final ones. Sounds like the only snub could be Belichick

  14. bullethead527 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:37 AM

    No option for a video recorder?

  15. supesfan34 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:37 AM

    For an organization that has had so much success, there aren’t as many “all time greats” on that list as you would expect. I find that interesting.

  16. whywerule says: Jun 20, 2013 10:38 AM

    nightofthehipple says:
    Jun 20, 2013 10:02 AM
    How can it not be Belichik, Brady, Hannah, and Tippett?

    Excellent question. Bruschi, Vinatieri and others belong in the Patriots HOF, but those four are either in Canton, or will be.

  17. j0esixpack says: Jun 20, 2013 10:38 AM

    I went for Brady, Belichick, Kraft and Vinatieri

    The first three are a given. As much as I like to recognize the old timers, Adam V’s clutch kicking were critical in every Super Bowl and he’s likely to be one of the few HoF kickers.

    Bruschi is deserving to be sure – the legacy of his work ethic helps the Patriots even today – but Adam gets my vote

  18. benh999 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:53 AM

    Neither belong.

    Belichick
    Brady
    Hannah
    Armstrong or Tippett

  19. guvsta says: Jun 20, 2013 10:53 AM

    I assume the three names set in stone are Brady, Belichik and Hannah?

    The last one should be between Tippett- he played for years at a Pro Bowl/All Pro level. Vinatieri didn’t stay long enough IMO.

  20. jamesthepatsfan says: Jun 20, 2013 11:08 AM

    Mine has to be Belichik, Brady, Kraft, and Vinateri. Then again, I’m only 16, so that’s about as far back as I go.

  21. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 20, 2013 11:09 AM

    Seriously? This storied franchise is going to have a kicker on its Mt. Rushmore? What is this, Detroit?

  22. ZakGilbertTributePosterVerified says: Jun 20, 2013 11:20 AM

    metalfuzzydice says:
    Jun 20, 2013 10:25 AM

    Because alot of patriot fans don’t realize they had a franchise before 2001.

    Wow. I had never thought of this. But it’s pretty accurate.

  23. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 20, 2013 11:40 AM

    Vinatieri deserves a spot. Without him, no Super Bowls.

    I’ve never seen someone so clutch.

  24. htown1035 says: Jun 20, 2013 11:40 AM

    Tony Eason?

  25. skleech22 says: Jun 20, 2013 11:43 AM

    Bruschi was sooo overrated! If it wasn’t for the cameras or vinateri, the patriots would have lost all their super bowls!!!

  26. Mitch Cumstein says: Jun 20, 2013 12:00 PM

    TROY BROWN

  27. blahblahblah1313 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:06 PM

    For such a wonderful “dynasty” that is a pretty lame cast of choices. When # 4 is a choice of a mediocre LB and an admittedly clutch kicker (who only played for a short time for the Patriots). When you look at their post Spygate “success” I have to agree with some previous posters and nominate their cameramen…

  28. vicnocal says: Jun 20, 2013 12:14 PM

    Bruschi was just another run of the mill linebacker.

  29. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 20, 2013 12:20 PM

    Reche Caldwell, Troy Brown

  30. creamsiclecannon says: Jun 20, 2013 12:21 PM

    Patriots won 3 superbowls by FGs. Vinatarie leaves and they lose to the giants by three points. Hmmmmmmm

  31. jwh8541 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:28 PM

    Total injustice if Video Assistant aint on that mountain.

  32. dragonfly99 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:43 PM

    Gotta be Vinatiari. Won three Super Bowls by kicking a field goal, plus he grew up a few miles from the real Mt. Rushmore. C’mon.

  33. smartanis says: Jun 20, 2013 1:12 PM

    Andy Katzenmoyer got robbed.

  34. ksiner says: Jun 20, 2013 1:21 PM

    The Snow Plow Driver!

    But I would say Vinateri, if not for him they would have 0 Super Bowls, they never “dominated” any Super Bowl.

  35. deathspiralx says: Jun 20, 2013 1:22 PM

    I hate the patriots, but how can you not list Steve Grogan?!

  36. therealtruth210 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:46 PM

    mattwalshvideo says:
    Jun 20, 2013 10:25 AM
    Matt Walsh
    Ernie Adams
    Video assistant 1
    Video assistant 2
    ————————————————-
    And the TUCK RULE

    That about sums up the reason for any success this franchise has ever had

  37. followme2boston says: Jun 20, 2013 4:03 PM

    Mark Henderson, (snow plow operator from snow plow game versus Phins) Walt Coleman, (tuck rule ref) video camera operator, Aaron Hernandez.

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