Adam Vinatieri aging like a fine wine

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Adam Vinatieri has played so long that he now has Colts teammates born the same year he began his career. Vinatieri, 44, enters his 22nd season still going strong.

“Mentally, you’ve had a lot of experience, so you know what to expect,” Vinatieri said, via Kevin Bowen of the team website. “You’ve been in every situation out there. Physically is where it starts to change a bit. You have to work harder to stay lean. You have to work harder to keep your muscle. You have to sleep and eat all the right stuff. You can’t eat that cookie that’s sitting on the table that your kid left behind, or at least not very often.

“The physical demand I think gets much more difficult. The mental side of it relatively stays the same.”

Vinatieri, likely the next specialist inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has made 530 career field goals, third on the all-time list. He trails Morten Andersen by 35 field goals, and Vinatieri has made more than 31 field goals in a season only once in his career.

Vinatieri’s 2,378 career points also ranks third on the list, 166 behind all-time leader Andersen. Vinatieri’s career high is 141 points in a season.

Vinatieri, who is in a contract year, likely will have to extend his career to 2018 to become the NFL’s all-time leader in field goals and points. But Andersen was 47 in his final season of 2007, and Gary Anderson was 45 in his final season of 2004.

If Vinatieri continues kicking the way he did last season, he likely finds work in 2018. He made 27 of 31 field goals, with 17 of those from 40-plus.

19 responses to “Adam Vinatieri aging like a fine wine

  1. I was sad to see Vinatieri go, best kicker etc, and thought what the hell was BB thinking – but if you check out Gostkowski’s stats you’ll see, amazingly, that his percentages are marginally higher:

    Vin FGs 84.3%, XPs 98.4%, and 50+yd FGs 34 of 55
    Gos FGs 87.1%, XPs 99.3%, and 50+yd FGs 19 of 26

    In the playoffs, Gos (22 games) is notably better at FGs (93.9% compared to Vin’s 82.4%), but Vin (30 games) is better at XPs (100% – wow!, compared to Gos’ 95.7%) – though more of Gos’ XPs are from further back.

    IF he plays as long as Vin (322 pts in 21yrs), Gos (168 in 11yrs) is currently on track to surpass Vin’s total points haul, but that’s a big IF.

  2. ^^”IF he plays as long as Vin (322 pts in 21yrs), Gos (168 in 11yrs) is currently on track to surpass Vin’s total points haul, but that’s a big IF.”
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    Sorry, that was games played not points! 2,378 for Vin, 1,617 for Gos.

  3. Clutchest kicker ever. I see those stats, and they are some very pretty stats, but I swear Vinna-T had liquid nitrogen for blood because the bigger the moment, the more certain you became that he would make the kick. Even if it was in the middle of a blizzard from 40+ yards. Gostkowski is no slouch and we’re happy to have him, but I’ll always have a soft spot for AV.

  4. kurdishpats1 says:
    Jul 7, 2017 4:57 PM
    The Patriots breed excellence.
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    Except with it comes to disciples who leave the nest to become head coaches elsewhere, e.g., Weis, Crennel, McDaniels, Mangini, etc.

    Hell, Mangini’s biggest claim to fame in life is probably his cameo appearance in The Sopranos in 2004.

  5. Adam is a kicker who is also a true football player. I remember quite a few times when a kicker returner broke through Pats special teams and only had Vinatieri between him and a TD and Adam laid them out every time. Guy could tackle like a linebacker in his prime.

  6. Adam is a kicker who is also a true football player. I remember quite a few times when a kicker returner broke through Pats special teams and only had Vinatieri between him and a TD and Adam laid them out every time.
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    Uh…. except that one time… in SB XXXI….

  7. Hell, Mangini’s biggest claim to fame in life is probably his cameo appearance in The Sopranos in 2004.
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    And being the mole in Spygate….

  8. ibillwt says:
    Jul 7, 2017 7:16 PM

    TB12 would be light 2 Rings if not for this guy.
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    I love A. Vinatieri- but man this trope gets old. Why do people forget the field goals Vinatieri missed in the Panthers Superbowl? Just to try to make Brady look bad?

    Both the Rams and Panthers Superbowls would have been tied if Vinatieri missed those last kicks. Its not as if the Pats were 1 point behind and would have lost the game without those kicks.

    What’s next- Brady didn’t win the Superbowl against the Falcons because he pitched it to White who actually crossed the goal line?

    Never understood the Brady Haters

  9. If Vinatieri was still with the Patriots when they played the Giants in the Super Bowls, Belichick would have made his decisions differently, and the Patriots likely would have won both those games and Brady would have seven rings, not 5. While Gostkowski is statistically better, he has had a few struggles in big games at Big moments. He needs to have a couple of those moments to cement his own legacy. Perhaps a little more fire in the belly.

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