Adam Vinatieri now has teammates born after he played his first NFL game

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Adam Vinatieri, the Colts’ 45-year-old kicker, has reached a landmark few NFL players have achieved: He now has teammates who were born after he made his NFL debut.

Vinatieri played his first NFL game on September 1, 1996, kicking a field goal and an extra point for the Patriots in a loss to the Dolphins. The Colts released their full roster of rookies for this weekend’s minicamp, and it shows two players born after that: running back Nyheim Hines, born November 12, 1996, and cornerback Henre’ Toliver, born October 21, 1996.

Last year Vinatieri had a teammate in Quincy Wilson who was less than a month old when Vinatieri made his NFL debut. Wilson was born on August 16, 1996.

Vinatieri has kicked 559 field goals and scored 2,487 points in his career, both second-most in NFL history behind Morten Andersen. If he plays all 16 games he’s sure to break Andersen’s record, and his young teammates will be there to see NFL history that started before they were old enough to watch football.

31 responses to “Adam Vinatieri now has teammates born after he played his first NFL game

  1. Vinny will retire the GOAT kicker. Amazing career.

    Interestingly though, 34yr old Gostkowski’s stats are (fractionally) even better – to catch Vinny he’d have to keep up that production another 10yrs (!) but he did start at 22, Vinny was 24. And crazily, Justin Tucker’s stats are slightly better than both, but he’s only 28 and so is a silly long way (maybe 16yrs!) from reaching Vinny’s career totals. It’s technically possible for both guys to do it, but a very tall order and I’m guessing Vinny stays the GOAT for our generation.

  2. The guy is an ageless machine. Kudos to Adam for his longevity and his success. We will probably never see his like again.

  3. He was already the greatest clutch kicker in history and bound for the hall of fame by 2006. Now he will just be the greatest kicker ever. Well deserved.

  4. this is what happens when they don’t attache a lot of market value to your position as a veteran. You get to compete with the rookies and younger players fairly.

  5. Man, that’s crazy. I was in my last year of college when he made that kick that won a game I never thought I’d ever see my home team win. Then two years later, he did it again, while I was STILL in my last year of college. Then when he didn’t do anything remarkable in the Super Bowl with the Coltsa few years later…still in college. No, I’m not a doctor, lmao. I gotta ask though: Where’s ol’ Money Sign Mike Vanderjagt at these days? Remember the time Vanderjagt took down Herschel Walker, FROM BEHIND with a step and half on him (with an actual tackle and not even just a push out of bounds) and prevented him from taking a kickoff back to the crib? Incredible. Oh wait, that was Vinatieri too….

  6. Impressive. Can”t you hear it now… “I was playing pro-ball before you were born!”

    Very cool.

  7. Vinatieri has had a good start to his career. If he can do it for another 10 years, then I think he will have proven he hasn’t been getting by on luck or flukey circumstances.

  8. He’ll be watching football with his grandkids one day and he’ll say “hey, I played with that guy.”

  9. patriots123456 says:
    May 12, 2018 at 7:57 am
    Brady will be next.

    I wonder if Adam is older than any of the coaches.

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    Sean McVay and I believe Adam Gase are both in their 30’s, so yes, I’m sure he probably is.

  10. At least he won’t have to worry about getting a concussion. Great work if you can get it. Of course, given all the rule changes, no one knows how much long kickers will be relevant.

  11. “At least he won’t have to worry about getting a concussion. ”

    If he plays like he used to he does. Adam made many tackles with the Pats of returners who broke through everyone else and saved quite a few TDs. Of course with the softening and soon to be elimination of kickoff returns that could change. But he’s a complete football player.

  12. He has a nephew, Chase Vinatieri, who is the place kicker at his almamater South Dakota State University. A junior and appear as to be just as good.

  13. Whatever happened to other kickers taken in the 1996 NFL Draft, or who played their first game that season?

  14. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    May 12, 2018 at 1:03 pm
    Adam beat out a guy named MISS’EN Sisson,,,,,,,just seems like yesterday.

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    Went to a game vs the old silver helmet Seahawks with my dad when I was probably about 14. Dude crossbarred a would-be game winner at the final whistle, albeit from 50+ if I remember right. Classic. That’s one of those reasons I take offense to people calling Pats fans bandwagon-riders. It wasn’t always sunshine and gumdrops around here. Now we have kids who can buy their own beer, official adults, who have only seen winning pretty much their whole conscious lives. Spoiled, yes. Bandwagon, no, in their cases. But the least of us have been through some lean years.

  15. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    May 12, 2018 at 1:03 pm
    Adam beat out a guy named MISS’EN Sisson,,,,,,,just seems like yesterday.

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    Went to a game vs the old silver helmet Seahawks with my dad when I was probably about 14. Dude crossbarred a would-be game winner at the final whistle, albeit from 50+ if I remember right. Classic. That’s one of those reasons I take offense to people calling Pats fans bandwagon-riders. It wasn’t always sunshine and gumdrops around here. Now we have kids who can buy their own beer, official adults, who have only seen winning pretty much their whole conscious lives. Spoiled, yes. Bandwagon, no, in their cases. But the rest of us have been through some lean years.

  16. Lou Groza GOAT and he played tackle the whole game, offense and defense. Get over it New England.

  17. An interesting fact is Adam’s great great grandfather-Felix Vinateiri- was General Custer’s bandmaster. I have a CD of his compositions titled “Custer’s Last band.”

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