INDIANAPOLIS – The GOAT isn’t stopping anytime soon.
On Tuesday, the 43-year-old Vinatieri put pen to paper in re-signing with the team he has kicked for since 2006.
“I love this stuff. It’s great,” the 43-year-old Vinatieri, who was an unrestricted free agent in 2016, said earlier this offseason about life in the NFL.
“There is nothing I would rather be doing and if I can compete at a high enough level, why wouldn’t you?”
The level Vinatieri has kicked out the past two seasons has been the peak of his Hall of Fame career.
Vinatieri is 55-of-58 (94.8 percent, the highest percentage in the NFL) on field goals the past two years.
Distance hasn’t been an issue either.
Since 2014, Vinatieri is 91 percent on field goals of at least 40 yards, also the NFL's highest percentage in that span.
“We are thrilled to retain Adam as a member of the Colts family,” General Manager Ryan Grigson said in a team release.
“Adam continues to play at the highest level year in and year out and his hard work, consistency and professionalism are a credit to him being the longest tenured active player in the NFL. Adam has won multiple Super Bowls and is a future Hall of Famer. We look forward to continuing to utilize his championship-pedigree and leadership in our program.”
While the pursuit of a record fifth Super Bowl ring has Vinatieri back, there are some individual marks he would love to reach.
Vinatieri’s kicked 503 career field goals, 62 short of Morten Andersen’s NFL record. That’s a number Vinatieri could eclipse in two to three seasons.
The 20-year NFL veteran is 291 points short of Andersen’s NFL record of 2,544 career points. With another three seasons, Vinatieri could certainly add that to his Canton resume.
“I don’t think I’ve been slowing down at all,” Vinatieri said back in January.
“My body feels good. I still love the game as much as I ever had. I love walking into the locker room and being around this group of guys. I love even more than that running out onto the field in front of our home crowd, 70,000 people screaming, there’s no feeling like that. As long as I can continue to do it at a high enough level I don’t see why there’s any reason to think about stopping.”