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Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri ties Morten Andersen for most field goals in NFL history

Adam Vinatieri, Colts, Morten Anderson

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has officially tied Morten Andersen’s record for the most field goals made by a player in NFL history in his team’s 20-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Vinatieri left South Dakota State to enter the draft with 185 career points, making him the school’s all-time leader. This was an impressive accomplishment, but he didn’t expect to be drafted. A few teams told him they’d be interested in signing him in free agency, but they all fell through. After one season playing overseas for the Amsterdam Admirals in Europe, Vinatieri joined the New England Patriots and began a Hall of Fame-worthy NFL career.

Vinatieri became a three-time Super Bowl champion in his 10 years with the Patriots. With them, he earned the nickname ‘Mr. Clutch’, due to his ability to make late-game field goals to seal the deal for his team. In 2006, Vinatieri joined the Colts. Here, he won his fourth Super Bowl alongside Peyton Manning. This year marks his 13th season with the Colts and his 23rd year in the NFL. He has been able to put together one of the most noteworthy careers as a kicker over the span of two decades.

Although his team lost, Vinatieri’s last kick marked his 565th since he entered the league. He will surely surpass Morten Andersen before the year is up. Anderson’s career spanned over 25 years, ending with the Atlanta Falcons after the 2007 season. According to NBC Sports, Adam Vinatieri reached this record mark in 39 fewer attempts.

It’s only Week 3, so Vinatieri will make the record his own as the season goes on, making the gap larger with each game. He’s shown what consistency and dedication to your craft can get you in his model career.