Sting Of Playoff Loss Has Adam Vinatieri Returning For 24th NFL Season


Sting Of Playoff Loss Has Adam Vinatieri Returning For 24th NFL Season

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Sting Of Playoff Loss Has Adam Vinatieri Returning For 24th NFL Season

Adam Vinatieri returns for his 24th NFL season with a bit of a burn after how the Colts 2018 season ended in the playoffs.

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INDIANAPOLIS – In a game where so much went wrong, even their Hall of Famer kicker was in that category, as well.

A 23-yard missed field goal, the shortest of his career.

A missed 33-year-old extra point, a kick he makes 94.6 percent of the time.

Were the conditions ideal back on that January afternoon in Kansas City? No.

But that didn’t lessen the sting Vinatieri felt on the season-ending flight home.

“Flying home on the airplane after the game, it’s a crappy feeling knowing your season is over, you’re cleaning out your locker, you’re watching other people play for a trophy that we wanted to have and didn’t quite get there,” Vinny now says about the flight home form Kansas City.


“I said I needed some time (but) I knew right away in the back of my mind that I was going to come back and keep going.”


And his last field goal attempt---the doink off the left upright from 23 yards---was a big reason why.


“That is one that could have helped the team,” Vinny says. “Would we have won? I don’t know. It’s a crazy game all the way around. My job is to put points on the board every single time I step out there. I didn’t do that. Momentum and all that stuff going into half…I still think about it.


“Honestly, for all of us, you can bask in your glory when things go good but I think you learn your most and get that much better after a bad moment. It motivates you to get better.”


Vinatieri, who will turn 47 years old this December, could easily sit back and bask in that glory.


After 23 seasons in the NFL, no player in league history has scored more points (2,600) or made more field goals (582).


The Colts re-signed Vinatieri on January 25, less than two weeks after the sour taste from Kansas City.


Once pen was put to paper on a 14th year in Indy, Vinatieri was headed back to work.


“This year, I didn’t take a lot of time off at all,” the GOAT says. “Every year, the older you get you can’t get as far away, you can’t take as much time off because it’s harder to get back. You have to be able to clear your mind, spend family time or do your own thing.


“Like always, I am really trying to lean down, stay healthy and get stronger and get more flexible and all the little stuff that usually starts to slip away as you get older. I am trying to fight father time, and not just fight that, but actually get better than I was a year ago or two years ago.”

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