Adam Vinatieri has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 11.
Everyone knows Vinatieri is a fantastic kicker (and person, and big game hunter). The former South Dakota State Jackrabbit, Amsterdam Admiral, and New England Patriot has hit 20 of 23 field goals in his 8th year with the Colts and 18th in the league.
While some say kickers might lose a little leg strength late in their careers, Vinatieri has been quite the opposite. Eight of his 20 career 50+ yard field goals have occurred in the past two seasons (or 13 of his 38, according to ESPN), and he quietly put together a masterful game Thursday night against Tennessee, earning his 14th career AFC Player of the Week award.
From the Colts press release:
Last week, Vinatieri converted 3-of-3 field goals and three PATs for 12 points in the Colts 30-27 victory over the Tennessee Titans. In the third quarter, he split the uprights on a 50-yard field goal to give the Colts a 23-17 lead. The field goal tied his career-high for 50-yard field goals in a season (four in 2012) and marked the 20th of his career, which ranks tied for 19th in NFL history with Norm Johnson and Rian Lindell. With three extra point attempts, Vinatieri passed Lou Groza (657) for the sixth-most in NFL history.
According to the Colts, Vinatieri now has 791 career points, passing Dean Biasucci for second most in Colts history, and is nine away from joinin Morten Anderson as the second player in league history with 800 points.
The future hall of famer continues to split the uprights, whether a chip shot, or from distances few his age can attain. He remains steady in the most important moments of the biggest games. He’s a big game hunter in the offseason, and on the field (Yes, that’s my nickname for him when watching Colts games, courtesy of a good friend of mine – “Here comes the Big Game Hunter”).