After nearly a quarter-century in the National Football League, Adam Vinatieri has officially retired.
Vinatieri went undrafted out of North Dakota St. in '96 and played in NFL Europe before playing with the New England Patriots from 1996-2005 and the Indianapolis Colts from 2006-2019. When Adam went unsigned during the 2020 season, the writing was on the wall for a now 48-year-old, but the three-time All-Pro and member of the NFL's 100th Anniversary Team made his retirement official today on The Pat McAfee Show.
Adam Vinatieri wasn't just a kicker, he was a football player.
Vinatieri retires as not only the all-time leading scorer in the 101-year history of the National Football League, but he is a four-time Super Bowl champ (most ever by a kicker). He's not a champ in the way Juwan Howard is.
Adam Vinatieri has a laundry list of historic kicks under his belt. The 2001 Patriots hold the record for fewest points scored in the postseason for a Super Bowl champion (60), and Adam scored 24 of them. In case you're eight years old, there have been three game-winning kicks in Super Bowl history, and Adam has two of them.
Adam might be the Carlton Fisk of football. Sure he played more time away from Boston, but everybody remembers his career from New England. He was one of the most important pieces of the first Patriots dynasty. Five years from now, he'll be the 3rd ever full-time kicker inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Congratulations on the best career a kicker has ever had. Way to sit on the fence, Joe!