Vinatieri Makes History, Becomes NFL Field Goal Leader
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On Sunday, in a game between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans, South Dakota native Adam Vinatieri made his 566th career field goal. That number is the most made field goals by a player in NFL history.
The historical moment occurred in the closing moments of the first half, when Vinatieri lined up for a 42-yard attempt. The kick split the uprights with ease…
“Hats off to all of my teammates and all the guys that helped me do that along the way,” said Vinatieri. “It’s a team sport, you can never do it by yourself. I’ve had some amazing teammates along the way who have blocked and got us in range to kick field goals, and all that stuff.”
Vinatieri is a native of Yankton, South Dakota, a graduate of Rapid City Central high school, and an alum of South Dakota State University.
Along with holding the NFL record for most made field goals in a career, he also holds league records for consecutive field goals made, post-season field goals made, and post-season points scored.
Vinatieri is the oldest active player in the National Football League at 45-years old. Now in his 23rd season, he’s still proving that he’s one of the best kickers to ever play.