Mike Vanderjagt might be the most polarizing player the Colts have ever had. He had multiple media spats with Peyton Manning and made comments about the New England Patriots before a playoff game. He also might have had the worst missed kick in Colts postseason history.
But despite all that, his overall on the field production was astounding. Vanderjagt was the most accurate kicker in the history of the league during his tenure with the Colts that spanned from 1998 to 2005. Before that, he was kicking in the CFL.
Vanderjagt also was the first kicker in the history of the NFL to go an entire season, postseason included, to not miss a single kick. He did so back in 2003. He was the most reliable kicker in the league, and the Colts knew that every time they took the field.
Having Vanderjagt, the Colts knew they could score as long as they got the ball past the opponent’s 40-yard line. After that, he was in range to make the kick. That was one of the reasons why the Colts had such a high scoring team during the early to mid 2000s.
Ultimately, Vanderjagt’s Colts career ended unceremoniously. He missed a 46-yard kick against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005 at home to send the game to overtime. The kick was never close. After that, they got rid of him and signed someone else who ended up being pretty good.