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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Adam Vinatieri started his career as a young
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kicker in awe of the stats of a Hall of Famer such as Morten Andersen.As a rookie in New England Jabaal Sheard Jersey , the lofty numbers seemed as out of reach as a 70-yard field goal.“I remember playing against him early in the league going, so many points, no one’s even going to come close,” Vinatieri said.Come close?Vinatieri is on the brink of passing Andersen in career field goals and total points and putting the final bows on a career that has him destined for Canton, Ohio.The 45-year-old Vinatieri kicked field goals of 35, 31 and 28 yards on Sunday to match Andersen for most field goals in NFL history with 565.Vinatieri added an extra point to finish with 10 points in the game, putting him 33 shy of matching Andersen (2,544) for the most points scored in NFL history.“That’s the one,” Vinatieri said. “Nobody every pays attention to who has the most field goals. It’s who’s got the most points. They almost run hand-in-hand. It’d be fun if it happens.”The scoring mark could fall in a few weeks.But on a soggy Sunday in Philadelphia, Vinatieri at least snagged a share of Andersen’s field-goal record. The Colts couldn’t take advantage in a 20-16 loss to the Super Bowl champion Eagles Pierre Desir Color Rush Jersey , setting the stage for Vinatieri to set the field goal record next week at home against the Houston Texans.“It’s obviously special,” Vinatieri said, “but gosh dang it, when you do it on a close game and you lose, it just doesn’t feel quite the same. It’s a record that’s been a long time coming. I just appreciate the opportunities I have.”Andersen needed 709 attempts to set the record; Vinatieri just 670 in 23 seasons to tie.“We put him in situations to give us three and he delivers every time,” Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton said.Vinatieri was already the NFL’s postseason record holder for scoring (234) and field goals (56); and he hit two Super Bowl winners in the final minute. He’s won four Super Bowls and was the only unanimous selection on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.He made 263 field goals in 10 years with the New England Patriots and has 302 with the Colts.Few fans will forget the two kicks he made in the Snow Bowl, or “Tuck Rule” game, to help New England beat Oakland in a divisional-round playoff game following the 2001 season. It helped the Patriots capture their first Super Bowl.Last year, the oldest player in the league made a seemingly impossible extra point to force overtime in a December blizzard in Buffalo and helped keep the Colts within striking distance just 13 days later in monsoon-like weather in Baltimore.Last year, with a new long snapper and a new holder https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Kemoko-Turay-Jersey , Vinatieri made 85.3 percent of his field goals.“I like to step out there and kick field goals,” he said, “but it’s better kicking extra points, that’s for sure.”Vinatieri remembers talking to Andersen, one of only two full-time kickers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, about the secrets to enjoying a long, successful career.Staying healthy, for sure.And the other?“Stubbornness, probably,” Vinatieri said Anthony Castonzo Jersey , smiling. “There’s a lot of great young guys around and I think my joy of being around these young guys and trying to compete against guys half my age … I’d contribute that to it a little bit.” Back by resoundingly popular demand, the Stampede Blue writing staff presents the first annual Anthony Arena Memorial NFL Draft Guide and it’s only $4.99. This year’s draft guide, and our future..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Filed under:NFL DraftIndianapolis Colts Draft CentralDraft Prospects2019 Anthony Arena Memorial NFL Draft Guide: Pre-orders start today, launch on FridayNew,16commentsEDTShareTweetShareShare2019 Anthony Arena Memorial NFL Draft Guide: Pre-orders start today, launch on FridayBack by resoundingly popular demand, the Stampede Blue writing staff presents the first annual Anthony Arena Memorial NFL Draft Guide and it’s only $4.99. This year’s draft guide, and our future draft guides, will be dedicated to our beloved colleague Anthony Arena, who lost his battle with cancer February 17th Ryan Kelly Color Rush Jersey , 2019. There are no words to express our sadness for Anthony’s family and friends. Anthony loved the Colts and will be dearly missed. We hope that this draft guide serves as a reminder that we are a band of brothers and sisters that share a passion. It is the families of the Colts fan community and of Stampede Blue that inspires each of us to give our best each time we put pen to pad, finger to type or voice to microphone for our Indianapolis Colts.Our staff has been working very hard since the Colts season came to an end to identify prospects who fit into Chris Ballard’s past draft behavior, those who fit inside the scheme on offense and defense, and those who make sense with the locker room culture that has come together over the last two seasons. We have added features to this years guide that were not included a season ago and hope that you will consider purchasing a copy to read and reference as we head into the 2019 NFL Draft for just $4.99.We are currently putting the finishing touches on the guide and expect to release it on Friday, April 5th. We welcome you to visit our landing page that will not only allow you to pre-order your copy but will also allow you to download a copy of last year’s guide for free. Note that we also have setup a Patreon account for those who wish to support not just this effort but future feature content we hope to produce. PLEASE VISIT OUR LANDING PAGEThank you so much for your support.
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