Adam Vinatieri Sets Another NFL Record

Intro: On Thursday night, Adam Vinatieri became the first NFL player to reach a historic mark. What did the 19-year veteran accomplish and add to his Hall of Fame resume?

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INDIANAPOLIS – It's a record Adam Vinatieri didn't even know existed until his family's texts came pouring in late Thursday night.

Lost in a Colts franchise record setting first quarter against Houston was Vinatieri achieving another NFL milestone, one no other player has ever reached.

Vinatieri's two field goals and three extra points on Thursday night gave him 905 points with the Colts (2006-2014).

The 19-year kicker scored 1,158 points in his 10 seasons with the Patriots, making him the first NFL player to ever score at least 900 points with two different teams.

As he always does in talking about records, Vinatieri makes sure to mention that the wins are the most important number but this record is certainly a byproduct of playing on perennial playoff teams.

"It just shows that I've been on two pretty successful teams," Vinatieri says. "I've gotten a lot of opportunities to score points with both teams. You've got to be around quite a while to rack those points up.

"It's a huge honor to be playing in this league for as long as I've played. I look back and pinch myself thinking 19 years so far. This has been a great, great run."

Vinatieri is currently fourth on the NFL's all-time points list (2,063), with Jason Hanson (2,150) next in sight. Morten Anderson (2,544) and Gary Anderson (2,434) top the list.

"What you see in Adam Vinatieri is so extra ordinary in his consistency and his work ethic," teammate, and holder, Pat McAfee says. "His ability to score 900 points with two different teams is remarkable.

"If you can have a prolonged career in two different places, it's unbelievable. That's why Adam Vinatieri is going to be a Hall of Famer and that's why he's the greatest of all time and I'm very lucky to have him as a teacher."

Team

Seasons

Games

Field Goals

Points

Patriots

1996-2005

160

263-321 (83.3%)

1,158

Colts

2006-2014

120

197-213 (85.3%)

905

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In this week's Monday Morning Quarterback](http://mmqb.si.com/2014/10/13/week-6-nfl-peter-king-monday-morning-quarterback/), Peter King ran down some of these factoids from Vinatieri's 19 years in the NFL:

  • In his first pro game, Sept. 1, 1996 (the NFL opened *before *Labor Day in those days), Bill Parcells (Patriots) and Jimmy Johnson (Dolphins) were the coaches. This was the first game Don Shula was *not *the coach of the Dolphins.
  • In his rookie year, at Dallas, Vinatieri saved a touchdown when he tackled Cowboys kick returner Herschel Walker at the Patriot 19. Dallas settled for a field goal.
  • In the final game of his rookie year, Super Bowl XXXI, Vinatieri kicked off to Desmond Howard of the Packers in the fourth quarter. Howard returned it 99 yards for a touchdown and won Super Bowl MVP, the only return man to ever win the award.
  • In his sixth season, he kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired to lift New England over St. Louis 20-17 in the Super Bowl.
  • In his eighth season, he kicked a 41-yard field goal with four seconds left to send New England to a 32-29 win over Carolina in the Super Bowl. In his ninth season, his 22-yard field goal with 8:40 left provided the deciding points in a 24-21 win over Philadelphia in the Super Bowl.
  • I haven't even mentioned his signature kick—his 45-yard field goal in the final minute, through a biting snowstorm, in the Tuck Rule game that sent the Oakland-New England playoff game to overtime in that first Super Bowl season. He won that one with a field goal in the fifth quarter.

Today Adam Vinatieri agreed to terms with the Colts! Here is a look back at his career with the Colts. (2006-present)

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