Adam Vinatieri could very well become the National Football League’s all-time leader in career made field goals and points scored, and he could very well achieve those feats by midway through the 2018 season.
Both achievements would be the cherry on top to what has already been a surefire Hall of Fame career.
And while Vinatieri certainly doesn’t ignore those types of potential milestones, he isn’t sticking around solely to pad his stats and then ride off into the sunset — and into his eventual gold jacket in Canton.
In fact, as Indianapolis Colts fans have learned the last 12-plus years, Vinatieri seems to getting better with age. And he might be the oldest active player in the NFL — and it’s not even really close — but Vinatieri re-signed with the Colts this offseason not only because he loves the state of Indiana and the Colts’ fans, but because he knows he can still play the game at a high level.
Not to mention he wants a fifth Super Bowl ring.
“We have a lot of things that can make this team successful and I look at this as a team that can make the playoffs moving forward,” Vinatieri said. “And that was a big decision for me. I clearly wanted to stay in Indy. My family lives here. Everybody, we love the state of Indiana. We are all Hoosiers now. But I also felt like I wanted to play for a team that can win and I feel like Chris Ballard and hiring Frank [Reich], I talked to Frank a little bit as well, I think these two gentlemen can definitely turn this organization around so I’m happy and excited to sign with this team and to see where we can go with it.”
Vinatieri is coming off yet another strong year for the Colts, converting 29-of-34 field goal attempts (85.3 percent) and 22-of-24 extra-point tries (91.7 percent). Of his five field goal misses, two came during an absolute blizzard Week 14 against the Bills in Buffalo, and two others happened a couple weeks later against the Baltimore Ravens in a driving rainstorm; one attempt from 60 yards out was inches away from clearing the crossbar, while another attempt was blocked.