Adam Vinatieri is one of the greatest place kickers to have played in the NFL. His endless accolades, clutch kicks, and overall career longevity have positioned him to be wearing a gold jacket in Canton Ohio one day. However, he would need to retire before he puts on that jacket - and it appears retirement may not be as soon as you’d think for the 48 year-old.
In a recent interview on the occasionally NSFW Pat McAfee show, the former Indianapolis Colt was asked if he was considering a comeback, and his response was intriguing to say the least.
“All I’m saying buddy is It’s taken me a year to get back & now I’m feeling pretty good.” Vinatieri said.
It’s worth noting that the last time Vinatieri played was in 2019, which was easily the worst year of his storied career. In that season he converted a mere 68% of his field goals on 17 of 25 attempts. The tumultuous year for the clutch kicker was cut short, as he underwent season ending surgery and was placed on injured reserve.
If the NFL’s all time leading scorer decides to make a comeback, he would be a free agent. The Colts have moved on with a young solid kicker in Rodrigo Blankenship who set the team record for points in a rookie season.
The odds appear to be stacked against Vinatieri, who will be 49 years old before the conclusion of the 2021 season. That said ruling out a successful comeback attempt for the NFL’s greatest kicker is something I’m not willing to do.