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Adam Vinatieri joins elite company by making 500th career field goal

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri hit a 38-yard field goal during the fourth quarter of today's game against the Dolphins, marking his 500th career field goal - becoming the third player ever to do so.

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In the fourth quarter of today's game against the Miami Dolphins, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri made a 38-yard field goal, his 500th made field goal of his career.  In reaching that milestone, Vinatieri became just the third player in NFL history to make at least 500 field goals, joining Morten Anderson (565) and Gary Anderson (538).

The kick also represented Vinatieri's 22nd straight make on field goals this season after starting the year 0-for-2.  Since then, he has hit all 22 field goal attempts, including ten from 40+ yards and two game-winners.  He has had another phenomenal season this year with the Colts and has often been their most reliable scoring weapon, and the numbers reflect that.

Vinatieri has made 500 of 595 field goals in his 20-year career (84.03%), making 263 with the Patriots and 237 with the Colts.  He has been tremendous during his entire career and has still been one of the league's best kickers this year despite being 42 years old as he has been on the top of his game once again.

This milestone is really a testament to Vinatieri's longevity as well as how good he has been in his career, as he has stuck around for 20-years and has continued to play very well.  He is one of the most reliable and consistent players on the Colts currently and will without a doubt go down as one of, if not the, best kickers in NFL history.  He's building a resume that very likely will land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the milestone of his 500th career field goal is very impressive.