Fine. I’ll say it; he’s old. It is time for Adam Vinatieri to hang up his boots for the last time. The 46 year old kicker showed his age today in a Playoff loss to the Chiefs. Two missed field goals, one from 23 yards and a PAT, are just the nail in the coffin.
Adam Vinatieri has had an amazing career. He will go down as the best kicker in NFL history winning four Super Bowls. Three of which he won FOR Tom Brady. In fact, he is the top scorer with over 2,500 total points. But all good things must come to an end.
While Vinatieri was not the reason the Colts lost today, it was amazing to see how poorly he performed with no pressure. The Colts were already getting smoked by the time the time he missed the 23 yarder and the game was all but over when he missed the PAT. He kicked at a rate of 85.2% which is his lowest in 5 seasons. He simply just does not have it anymore.
In the words of the great Todd Haley, “Nice play, you fucking kicker.”
Maybe the Colts Kicker should take a play out of Pat McAfee’s playbook. However, if Vinatieri wants to just to tell me to go screw myself and take the $2.6 million coming to him next year, I’d be okay with that too.