Indianapolis Colts: All-time Indy Roster
Nov 22, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indianapolis Colts place kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) reacts with punter Pat McAfee (1) after kicking the go ahead field goal against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter at the Georgia Dome. The Colts defeated the Falcons 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Kicker: Adam Vinatieri (2006-present)
Fun fact: every time Vinatieri goes to a Super Bowl, his team wins. The Colts trip in 2009? Vinatieri was on IR and Matt Stover was kicking for Indy. Vinatieri is going to go down as possibly the most clutch kicker in the NFL, and he is still drilling field goals at 42 years old.
Vinatieri has been to the Pro Bowl and named an All-Pro three times in his career, but just once while in Indianapolis. At 41, he nearly had a perfect season in 2014 missing just one, a 46-yard attempt in the final regular season game of the year.
In every championship run, Vinatieri has had to make crucial kicks to win the game and his time with the Colts was no exception. In the 2006 playoffs, Vinatieri hit five field goals against the Ravens in the divisional round and three more in the Super Bowl against the Bears. He was hit 14-of-15 in that post season as the Colts went on to win the Super Bowl. [Editors note – we would talk about his other post season heroics, but they involve the Pats, and no one wants to read about that.]
There is an argument to be made for Mike Vanderjagt, who is fifth all-time in field goal accuracy, but I just can’t forgive him for missing a 46-yarder in the 2005 playoffs to force overtime. Vinatieri will likely overtake Vanderjagt in approximate value by the time his career is over, if it ever comes to an end.
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