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Adam Vinatieri very close to becoming Colts' all-time leading scorer

A very significant franchise record will be broken for the Indianapolis Colts during the 2015 season, as kicker Adam Vinatieri is just eight points away from breaking Mike Vanderjagt's franchise scoring record.

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Yesterday, we noted Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri's comments to FOX59's Mike Chappell about what keeps driving him at this stage in his career (the Super Bowl) and about how his favorite ring is the next one.  Included in the story is a small but very significant nugget: Adam Vinatieri is very close to becoming the Colts' all-time leading scorer, a mark he should set early in the 2015 season.

Mike Vanderjagt holds the current franchise record after having scored 995 points with the Colts during his tenure (1998-2005).  In second place is Adam Vinatieri, who replaced Vanderjagt as the Colts' kicker in 2006, who has scored 988 points during his time with the Colts - meaning that he is just eight points away from being the team's all-time leading scorer.

Colts all-time leading scorers (via Pro Football Reference)

Player Position Points Years (with Colts)
1 Mike Vanderjagt K 995 1998-2005
2 Adam Vinatieri K 988 2006-present
3 Dean Biasucci K 783 1984-1994
4 Marvin Harrison WR 778 1996-2008
5 Lenny Moore HB 678 1956-1967

Vinatieri is the only player in NFL history to score at least 900 points with two different franchises, as he scored 1,158 with the Patriots and has now scored 988 with the Colts.  It is very likely that he will become the only player to score 1,000 points with two different seasons, as he needs just 12 points this season - and considering that he has scored at least 100 points in 17 of his 19 seasons (another NFL record), he's almost a lock to both break the Colts' all-time scoring record and reach 1,000 points with the team.  Though he left New England as their leading scorer, this past season Stephen Gostkowski broke that record.  Adam Vinatieri won't be without a scoring record for long, however, as he'll set the Colts' mark this year.

That's not the only milestone that he'll reach in 2015, however.  He needs just five points to pass Jason Hansen for third-place on the NFL's all-time scoring list, as Vinatieri currently has scored 2,146 points (Hansen has 2,150).  Getting to the top of that list will be difficult for the 42-year old Vinatieri, however, as he is 399 points away from passing Morten Anderson for first place (and 289 away from passing Gary Anderson for second place).  Regardless, however, he should become the league's third leading scorer very soon, quite possibly in the first game of the season.  And shortly after that, he'll become the leading scorer in Colts franchise history.