Adam Vinatieri, the place kicker for the Indianapolis Colts, announced after the teams loss yesterday to the Baltimore Ravens, that he will return for his 23rd NFL season. The 44-year-old kicker has been consistent through out his career, including one of his best seasons at age 40 when he hit a league-high 96.8% of his field goals. This past season he has hit 84.4% of his kicks including going six of seven in the 40 to 49 yard range and four of five at 50 plus.
He currently ranks second on the all-time total points (2,479) and field goals made (557) list behind Hall-of-Fame kicker Morten Andersen. Andersen is at 2,544 total points and 565 field goals made. Vinatieri should be able to eclipse those marks in a single season.
What’s not clear is where he will be kicking next year as he is scheduled to become a free agent in March when the new league year begins. He has been with the Colts since 2006 and considers Indianapolis his home, but he knows that it’s a business. Prior to that he was kicking for the New England Patriots from 1996 to 2005. He also kicked for the Amsterdam Admirals in the NFL Europe league in 1996.
Vinatieri is certain he wants to play another year and has proven himself still capable of kicking at a high level, regardless of what team he ends up with.