Adam Vinatieri of the Indianapolis Colts is hoping to cleanse his thoughts to overcome his early-season troubles.
According to ESPN’s Mike Wells, Vinatieri stated Tuesday, “I’m going to work a lot this week to get those demons out of my system so I can go clear headed, step on the field, and just do my job.”
To begin the 2019 season, the future Hall of Famer has been unexpectedly out of sorts. He’s only 2-of-5 on extra-point kicks and has missed two of his three field-goal attempts.
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In Indianapolis’ Week 1 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, both field goals were missed. Vinatieri’s three missed extra points match his total from last year when he attempted 47 times. The 46-year-old appeared to tease a retirement announcement following Sunday’s 19-17 win over the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium.
According to Stephen Holder of The Athletic, Vinatieri stated that we would “hear from [him] tomorrow [Monday].” Mondays are usually off for NFL players after games.
During Monday’s conference call with reporters, Colts head coach Frank Reich stated that Vinatieri would remain the team’s kicker: “I want to be clear about one thing: Adam is our kicker. We have no concerns, as I stated yesterday. He’s not only our kicker; he’s also a key member of our team’s leadership.”
Vinatieri told Wells that he wasn’t thinking about retiring and that his comments Sunday were “one of those times that I was heading out of the locker room.”
Vinatieri has been a picture of consistency on special teams in his 24th NFL season. In each of the previous six seasons, he has made at least 85% of his field goals and has only missed 21 extra points in 875 attempts with the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots.
The Colts did not re-sign the 47-year-old kicker in the offseason.
“Tamara Barger, a Brownsburg Colts fan who was browsing the stadium’s Colts Pro Shop, said, “We’re going to miss him.”
Vinatieri has spent the last 14 seasons of his NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts, following ten years with the New England Patriots. In NFL history, no one has made more field goals (599) or field goals in a row (44) or scored more points (2,673). He has four Super Bowl championships to his credit, including two game-winning kicks in the final seconds.
“He had the clutch leg no matter the time, place, or weather,” noted Kyle Windland, a Patriots fan from Connecticut who was in Indianapolis on business. “If not clutch, then scoring the most points or being the most accurate – but I believe the clutch factor is something that every club wants in its kicker.”
Last season, however, Vinatieri missed 14 kicks, which were crucial in the Colts’ losses. His season was short due to a left knee injury. Even as he battled, he had no intention of retiring.
“Is retirement still a possibility for you?” On November 10, 2019, WTHR sports director Dave Calabro posed the question to Vinatieri.
Vinatieri replied, “It was never in the question before.” “That was horrible gossip, to be sure. That is a decision that others must make.”
In the Colts Pro Shop at Lucas Oil Stadium, a few #4 Vinatieri jerseys and mementos are still available – collectors’ stuff today to remember a certain Hall of Fame career that may not be over.