With a field goal at the end of the first half against the Oakland Raiders, Adam Vinatieri added more accolades to his Hall of Fame resume.
Vinatieri converted a 25-yard field goal at the end of the first half in Oakland, passing Morten Andersen to become the NFL’s all-time scoring leader with 2,547 points.
“I had the privilege to play against him a handful of times in my early, early years and his twilight years,” Vinatieri said this past week via the Indianapolis Star. “Meeting him was awesome. He had 2,000-some-odd points, and his all-time stats and scoring numbers, I remember thinking nobody’s ever going to come close to that. It’s just so many points.”
Andersen knew one day someone would eventually break his NFL record. In 2018, that notion became true.
“I know Adam has gotten to the point total a hell of a lot faster than I did,” Andersen said. “Whether that’s because he was more efficient or because they scored more points, I don’t know. I know his field-goal percentage is a little bit higher than mine is. When you play on successful teams, you’re going to get a lot of opportunities, and if you maximize those opportunities, you’re going to score a lot of points.”
Andersen joined the likes of Chiefs, Packers and Vikings kicker Jan Stenerud in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017. When Vinaiteri retires, whenever that will be, he is expected to be the third ever kicked inducted into Canton.