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Adam Vinatieri biography

Date of birth : 1972-12-28
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Yankton, South Dakota
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-12-28
Credited as : Football player NFL, kicker for the Indianapolis Colts, Super Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Adam Vinatieri is an American football kicker currently playing for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL.

Opened career with 13 consecutive 100+-point seasons, ranking only behind Jason Elam’s 16 consecutive 100+ seasons to open a career…streak was snapped in 2009 due to injury-plagued season…is two-time Pro Bowl choice (2002, 2004)…was 31-33 FGs and 48-48 PATs in 2004 to lead NFL in FG percentage and points scored…31 FGs tied own career-high set in 1998, while PATs total set career-best...hit career-long 57-yard field goal at Chicago 11/10/02…holds NFL career post-season records with 42 field goals (32, Gary Anderson), 51 attempts (40, Anderson), 177 career points (153, Anderson), 23 consecutive games scoring (19, George Blanda), 49 seasonal points (48, Terrell Davis, 1997) and is tied for most field goals made in post-season game with five (vs. Indianapolis, 1/18/04; at Baltimore 1/13/06)…has hit two last-minute game-winning field goals in Super Bowl…hit 48-yard FG as time expired in 20-17 victory vs. St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXVI 2/3/02…on 2/1/04, hit game-winning 41-yard FG with :04 remaining in 32-29 victory vs. Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII…also has hit two game-winners in Divisional only player in NFL history to record successful field goal in four Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX and XLI) and is only kicker in league history to have played in five Super Bowls (4, Fred Cox, Minnesota)…is one of 30 players who have been on active roster for four winning Super Bowl teams, ranking behind only DE-Charles Haley (5)…hit 25 consecutive FGs during span from 1996-97…has kicked 22 game-winning field goals in final minute of 4th quarter or overtime.

2010: Appeared in 14 games as K…was 1-1 FG and 3-3 PAT at Houston 9/12…was 1-1 FG and 5-5 PAT vs. NY Giants 9/19…was 2-2 FG and 3-3 PAT at Denver 9/26…was 4-4 PAT at Jacksonville 10/3…was 4-4 FG and 1-1 PAT vs. Kansas City 10/10…was 2-4 FG (one blocked) and 3-3 PAT at Washington 10/17…surpassed Al Del Greco (347) to move into 11th in NFL history for most FGs made…was 3-3 FG and 3-3 PAT vs. Houston 11/1…surpassed Al Del Greco (1,584) for 13th-most kicking points in NFL history…was 1-1 FG and 3-3 PAT at Philadelphia 11/7…surpassed Eddie Murray (1,594) for 12th-most kicking points in NFL history…tied Eddie Murray for 11th-most FGs made (352) in NFL history…was 3-3 FG and 2-2 PAT vs. Cincinnati 11/14…surpassed Eddie Murray (352) for 11th-most FGs made in NFL history…became 12th kicker in NFL history to score 1,600 points in career…was 4-4 PAT at New England 11/21…was 2-2 PAT vs. San Diego 11/28….was 4-4 PAT vs. Dallas 12/5…was 3-3 FG, including 47-yarder, and 3-3 PAT at Tennessee 12/9…surpassed 100 points for 14th time in career…was 2-2 FG and 4-4 PAT vs. Jacksonville 12/19.

2009: Appeared in six games as K…appeared in first five games and vs. NYJ 12/27…was 7-9 FGs and 17-18 PATs for 38 points…was 2-2 FG and 3-3 PAT at Miami 9/21…was 2-2 FG and 4-4 PAT vs. Seattle 10/4…was 1-1 FG and had PAT blocked vs. NYJ 12/27. POST-SEASON: Was inactive vs. Baltimore 1/16 in Divisional Playoffs, vs. NYJ 1/24 in AFC Championship Game and vs. New Orleans 2/7 in Super Bowl XLIV.

2008: Appeared in 16 games…was 20-25 FGs and 43-43 PATs for 103 points, his 13th consecutive season with 100+points…had three special teams tackles, two solo…hit 47-yard game-winner with :03 remaining at Minnesota 9/14…game-winning FG was 21st of career…had 45-yard FG blocked at Green Bay 10/19…hit 52-yard FG vs. New England 11/2 with 8:05 remaining for deciding points in 18-15 victory…was named AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week…was 4-4 FG and 3-3 PAT vs. Houston 11/16…was 3-3 FG, including 51-yard game-winner with :00 remaining, and 2-2 PAT at San Diego 11/23…was 22nd, and longest, game-winning FG of career…was 3-3 FG and 2-2 PAT vs. Tennessee 12/28. POST-SEASON: Was 1-1 FG (43 yards) and 2-2 PATs in Wild Card Playoffs at San Diego 1/3.

2007: Appeared in 16 games…was 23-29 field goals and 49-51 PATs for 118 points…both missed PATs were blocked…marked 12th consecutive 100+-point season…scored 7+ points in 12 games, including first eight games…was 2-2 FGs and 5-5 PATs for 11 points vs. New Orleans 9/6…was 3-4 FGs, including season-long 39-yarder, and 1-2 PATs for 10 points at Tennessee 9/16…was 3-3 FGs and 3-3 PATs for 11 points and third consecutive double-digit scoring game at Houston 9/23…was 2-2 FGs and 3-4 PATs for nine points vs. Tampa Bay 10/7 and 2-2 FGs and 3-3 PATs for nine points at Jacksonville 10/22...kicked 20th career game-winning FG in final minute of 4th quarter or overtime with 24-yarder with :03 remaining vs. Kansas City 11/18. POST-SEASON: Was 1-1 FG (46 yards) and 3-3 PATs for six points vs. San Diego 1/13 in Divisional Playoffs…extended NFL career post-season records in field goals (41), attempts (50), points (172) and consecutive games scoring (22).

2006: Appeared in 13 games in first season with Colts…was inactive games 3-5 with injury…had played in 162 consecutive games before missing vs. Jacksonville 9/24…was 25-28 field goals and 38-38 PATs for 113 points…was 12-13 FGs from 30-39 yards and 9-10 FGs from 40-49 yards…was 4-4 FGs (26, 32, 48, 32) and 2-2 PATs at NYG 9/10…was named AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week…was 3-3 FGs (39, 43, 38) and 4-4 PATs vs. Houston 9/17…missed next three games vs. Jacksonville, at NYJ 10/1 and vs. Tennessee 10/8 with injury…was 3-3 FGs (30, 19, 47) and 3-3 PATs vs. Washington 10/22…was 4-4 FGs (42, 30, 48, 37) and 2-2 PATs at Denver 10/29…hit game-winning 37-yarder with :02 left for 19th career game-winning FG in final minute of 4th quarter or overtime…was named AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week…was 2-4 FGs and 3-3 PATs at New England 11/5…was 2-2 FGs and 4-4 PATs vs. Cincinnati 12/18…was 2-2 FGs and 3-3 PATs vs. Miami 12/31. POST-SEASON: Appeared in four games and was 14-15 FGs and 7-7 PATs for NFL single post-season record 49 points…topped Terrell Davis' 48 points in 1997…scored 10+ points in every game…set NFL post-season records with 40 career field goals (32, Gary Anderson), 49 attempts (40, Anderson), 166 career points (153, Anderson) and 21 consecutive games scoring (19, George Blanda)…was 3-3 FGs (48, 19, 50) and 2-2 PATs vs. Kansas City in Wild Card Playoffs 1/6…marked first career 50+ post-season field goal…was 5-5 FGs (23, 42, 51, 48, 35) for club's 15 points in 15-6 win at Baltimore in Divisional Playoffs 1/13…tied record he already shared with six other kickers for most FGs made in post-season game…final field goal with :23 sealed win…was 3-3 FGs and 3-3 PATs vs. New England 1/21 in AFC Championship Game…was 3-4 FGs and 2-2 PATs in rain vs. Chicago 2/4 in Super Bowl XLI…became only kicker to hit FG in four Super Bowls and appear in five Super Bowls.

2005: Appeared in 16 games for 10th consecutive season for New England…was 20-25 field goals and 40-41 PATs for 100 points…marked 10th consecutive season with 100+ points…was 1-1 FGs and 3-4 PATs vs. Oakland 9/8...blocked PAT in 3rd quarter was first missed PAT since 11/16/03, when he had blocked PAT vs. Dallas…had 45-yard FG and was 2-2 PATs at Carolina 9/18…was 3-4 FGs and 2-2 PATs at Pittsburgh 9/25 to earn AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors…hit 35-yard game-winning FG with :01 remaining in 23-20 victory…nailed game-winning 29-yard FG with :17 remaining in 31-28 victory at Atlanta 10/9…also was 4-4 PATs…was 2-3 FGs and 2-2 PATs at Denver 10/16…had three touchbacks on KOs…was 3-3 FGs at Miami 11/13…was 3-4 FGs and 1-1 PAT vs. NYJ 12/4...was 2-2 FGs and 1-1 PAT vs. Miami 1/1…49-yarder to end first half marked seasonal best. POST-SEASON: Was 4-4 PATs vs. Jacksonville 1/7 and had 24-yard pooch punt that was downed at Jacksonville 4-yard line…was 2-3 FGs and 1-1 PAT at Denver 1/14.

2004: Had finest career season with 31-33 FGs (93.9 percent) and 48-48 PATs for career-high and NFL-best 141 points…31 FGs tied career high set in 1998, while percentage marked career best…hit 23 consecutive field goals from 10/10-12/26 and hit 29 of last 30 field goals, including playoffs…was 3-3 FGs at Arizona 9/19 and vs. Seattle 10/17…was 4-4 FGs and 4-4 PATs at St. Louis 11/07…also threw first career touchdown pass (4t) to Troy Brown on fake field goal to earn AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors…tied career-high with five FGs (27, 24, 20, 45, 37) vs. Buffalo 11/14 and set single-game career-high with 17 points…was 3-3 FGs vs. Baltimore 11/28, including seasonal-best 48-yarder…tied career-high with six PATs at Cleveland 12/5…was 3-4 FGs at NYJ 12/26, snapping string of 23 consecutive field goals. POST-SEASON: Was 5-5 FGs and 10-10 PATs for NFL-leading 25 post-season points…Was 2-2 FGs vs. Indianapolis 1/16…was 2-2 FGs in AFC Championship game at Pittsburgh 1/23 to earn NFL Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors…48-yard field goal tied New England post-season record and was longest field goal in Heinz Field history…was 1-1 FG and 3-3 PATs in 24-21 victory vs. Philadelphia in Super Bowl XXXIX…gave club 24-14 lead with 22-yard FG in 4th quarter.

1996: AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week (9/22 vs. Jacksonville). 1997: AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week (10/12 vs. Buffalo). 1998: AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week (10/4 at New Orleans and 11/23 vs. Miami)…AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Month (October). 1999: AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Month (September). 2001: AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week (12/16 at Buffalo). 2002: Pro Bowl…AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week (12/29 vs. Miami). 2004: Pro Bowl…AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Month (November)…AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week (11/17 at St. Louis)…NFL Special Teams Player-of-the-Week (1/23/05 at Pittsburgh). 2005: AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week (9/25 at Pittsburgh). 2006: AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week (9/10 at NYG, 10/29 at Denver). 2008: AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week (11/2 vs. New England). 2009: NFL All-Decade Team, The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated NFL All-Decade Team (2000-09).


Four-year letterman who finished as school’s all-time leading scorer with 185 career points…placekicker also handled punting duties final three seasons, earning first-team all-conference honors each season…was 27-53 field goals and 104-114 PATs…had 144 career punts…was 4-12 FGs and 35-40 PATs for 47 points as senior…tied career-long with 51-yard field goal…was 57-43.5 punting average to lead conference…had career-long 77-yard punt…punting average ranked 4th in Division II…was 7-15 FGs and 38-41 PATs for 59 points as junior…earned second-team all-conference honors…was 36-41.8 punting and had seasonal-best of 57 yards…was 8-13 FGs and 16-18 PATs for 40 points as sophomore…set school record with 51-yard field goal vs. North Dakota…was 58-40.1 punting…was 8-13 FGs and 15-15 PATs for 39 points as freshman...earned degree in fitness and wellness.


Full name is Adam Vinatieri…born in Yankton, S.D….attended Rapid City (S.D.) Central High School…lettered in football, soccer, track and wrestling…earned first-team all-state honors in 1991…Vinatieri and his wife, Valerie, reside with their son, A.J., and daughter, Allison, in Orlando, Fla.

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