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Adam Vinatieri Named to Super Bowl 50 Golden Team

Nov 29, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts place kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) runs onto the field during player introductions before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts place kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) runs onto the field during player introductions before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports /
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The NFL announced their Super Bowl 50 Golden Team on Thursday, which includes Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri:

"“The Super Bowl 50 Golden Team is an amazing list of incredible individuals,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame Executive Vice President Joe Horrigan. “Each name conjures up memories of some of the sport’s greatest games showcased on its biggest platform, the Super Bowl stage.”"

The 43 year old kicker is the only active player on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team, as well as its only unanimous selection.

Nov 2, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) reacts after making a field goal in overtime. The Panthers defeated the Colts in overtime 29-26 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) reacts after making a field goal in overtime. The Panthers defeated the Colts in overtime 29-26 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

Having appeared in 5 Super Bowls, Vinatieri has been a kicking mainstay on professional football’s premier platform.

Vinatieri debuted in Super Bowl XXXI against the Green Bay Packers, where he was held without a field goal attempt but made 3 extra points

Of course, Vinatieri is most known for kicking two game-winning Super Bowl field goals with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI and XXXVIII against the St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers respectively:

The future Hall of Fame kicker went on to kick for the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX against the Philadelphia Eagles, making a field goal and an extra point.

Later with the Colts, Vinatieri appeared in Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears, making 3 of 4 field goals. It’s worth noting that Vinatieri did not play in Super Bowl XLIV with the Colts against the New Orleans Saints because of injury however.

It’s clear that Vinatieri was the best choice for Super Bowl 50’s Golden Team, as there’s really no question that he’s been the greatest kicker on the game’s biggest stage with a Super Bowl resume that is unparalleled.