On Sunday, Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winning field goal in overtime. His 27-yard chip shot eked out a much-needed victory for the Andrew Luck-less Colts, evening the team’s record at 2-2 and, somehow, keeping them atop the lowly AFC South.
Turns out that was only his second-best accomplishment of the afternoon. According to reports, Vinatieri became the first player in NFL history to score 1,000 points with two different teams.
The former Patriots hero — now in his 20th NFL season, tenth in Indianapolis — knocked in field goals from 54, 32, and 27 yards against the Jaguars, giving him 1,004 points as a Colt. He passed kicker Mike Vanderjagt, who totaled 995 points, to become the team’s all-time leading scorer.
“That means I have been on this team for a long time, a part of a great organization, a part of a lot of great teams in this locker room and a lot of opportunities to get on the field,” Vinatieri said, via ESPN.com.
In reality, it was just a day at the office for Vinatieri — another big kick, another record broken. He’ll add it to a sparkling, Hall of Fame-worthy collection highlighted by three Pro Bowl appearances and three first-team All-Pro selections. Oh, and four Super Bowl rings. Minor footnote, I know.
Vinatieri’s latest bit of heroics may have kept alive the Colts’ hopes of being legitimate contenders this season. Time will tell on that. All we know now, definitively, is ice water yet remains in those 42-year-old veins.