The milestones, accolades, and accomplishments just keep rolling in for Colts future hall of fame kicker Adam Vinatieri.
Early in Sunday’s game, almost three hours before his 25th career game winning field goal, he got his first milestone of the day, on his first field goal of the year.
The 54 yard field goal with 4:59 left in the first quarter not only gave the Colts a 3-0 lead and broke a rare two missed kick streak for Vinatieri, it also moved the 42-year-old past Mike Vanderjagt as the Colts all-time leading scorer. For Vinatieri, it wasn’t just a personal accomplishment, it was a team achievement.
“That means I have been on this team for a long time,” he said. “A part of a great organization and a part of a lot of great teams in this locker room and a lot of opportunities to get on the field. To be on top of the franchise scoring here, I just think about all the great teams I’ve been a part of here. The stats go to me, but I get to share them with my teammates, I can’t do any of this stuff without them.”
On that opening field goal, Vinatieri also moved past John Carney into sole possession of fourth place in NFL history in field goals made. He now trails only Jason Hanson, Gary Anderson, and the leader Morten Anderson among all-time NFL kickers.
Early in the fourth quarter, Vinatieri kicked a field goal that tied the game with Jacksonville at 13-13. On that kick, Vinatieri accomplished a mark that no other player has ever reached. He has now scored 1,000 points for two different teams, 10 seasons with New England and now his 11th season with the Colts.
While his 25th game winning kick may not have come on the same stage as so many of his other dramatic kicks, the “tuck-rule” game and three game-winning super bowl kicks, this 2015 week 4 game winner against a now 1-3 team was just as important to Vinatieri and just as special.
“They’re all special,” he said. “That never gets old, whether it’s a short kick or a long kick, if it’s in the Super Bowl or a preseason game, it doesn’t make any difference. They’re all hard to come by and they’re always fun.”
He is now 14 field goals behind Hanson for all-time third place and 85 away from breaking the all-time mark of Morten Anderson. Given his current NFL pace, he is about two and a half seasons away from Anderson.
And given his current skill level, there’s no reason to think he won’t get there.