INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Adam Vinatieri has seen it all in the National Football League.
The venerable Indianapolis Colts kicker is in his 11th season with the team and his 21st in the NFL. It’s hard to believe he’s spent more time with the Colts than the New England Patriots, where he won three Super Bowls. He added a fourth with the Colts during the 2006-2007 season.
At 43 years old, the ageless Vinatieri is the oldest active player in the NFL. He’ll turn 44 in December.
Even in his forties, he’s still kicking (pardon the pun). Vinatieri has hit 38 straight field goals dating back to last season and is 13 for 13 this season. He connected on five field goals in the Colts’ win over the Chicago Bears a week ago, helping propel the team to a 29-23 victory.
The NFL certainly noticed–the league named Vinatieri the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Bears in which he was responsible for 17 of the team’s points (five field goals, two extra points).
Here are a few things you should know about the Colts kicker:
Vinatieri was born in Yankton, South Dakota. His family later moved to Rapid City, where he lettered in football, soccer, track and wrestling.
He has this great picture from high school, thanks to our media partners at the IndyStar.
Vinatieri is an outdoorsman and an avid hunter who’s traveled to Africa and Canada in search of big game.
His favorite vacation spot is Italy.