The New Orleans Saints have already had Sean Payton test positive for the coronavirus and now, one of the team’s former players has also tested positive. After developing symptoms last week, legendary kicker Tom Dempsey tested positive for the coronavirus.
Dempsey, who is 73 years old, now resides at a senior living center called the Lambeth House in New Orleans. Despite the senior center taking extra precautions, there was an outbreak at the Lambeth House and other senior centers.
The former placekicker for the Saints, who is battling Alzheimer’s and dementia, seems to have a close relationship with his daughter. But during the coronavirus pandemic, non-essential visitors aren’t allowed to make an appearance at the senior center.
Due to his medical conditions, Dempsey isn’t able to feed himself. At the least, his daughter exclaimed that his appetite has been good and that he’s getting better.
Besides Dempsey, there have been more than 50 residents affected by the coronavirus at the Lambeth House. Sadly, as of Monday, at least 13 resident that were infected with the disease passed away.
As for Dempsey, people in New Orleans remember him as the kicker who kicked with half of a foot. The former kicker was born with no toes on his right foot, forcing him to wear a modified shoe. In just his second season with the Saints, Dempsey drilled a 63-yard field goal to defeat the Detroit Lions.
At the time, Dempsey set the record for the longest kick in NFL history, until Matt Prater broke the record in 2013. Nearly 50 years since that kick happened, Dempsey is battling the coronavirus. Hopefully, the New Orleans legend is able to make a speedy recovery in the coming days.