Legendary NFL kicker Adam Vinatieri has announced he’s retiring from the NFL on Wednesday after 24 seasons. The 48-year-old announced the retirement while a guest on the Pat McAfee Show:
Vinatieri is a future Hall of Famer and arguably the most iconic kicker in NFL history. The three-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro selection is the NFL’s all-time leader in scoring (2,673 points), field goals made (599) and field goals attempted (715).
Vinatieri had a rough final season with the Indianapolis Colts making just 17 of 25 field-goal attempts and 22 of 28 extra points. His 68.0 field-goal percentage was easily the worst of his career and well below his career average of 84.3 percent entering the season, while his 78.6 extra-point percentage was also a career low.
Vinatieri is the most clutch kicker in NFL history, kicking the game-tying and game-winning field goals in blizzard conditions during the infamous Tuck Rule game in 2002 and his game-winning kicks in Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII for New England. The South Dakota State product won one more Super Bowl with the Patriots and another with the Indianapolis Colts, with whom he spent his last 14 seasons.