Adam Vinatieri had to submit to a league-mandated drug test on Monday.
The timing is rather amusing, considering the NFL’s oldest player at 42 kicked four field goals including a 53-yarder with room to spare in the Indianapolis Colts’ 26-10 AFC Wild Card playoff victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Vinatieri’s holder, Pat McAfee, couldn’t resist having some fun with it on Twitter.
McAfee posted a picture of the crumpled NFL letter request and tweeted: “When u're closer to 60 than 20 & bang a 53 yarder 3/4 of the way up the upright..This type of thing is expected #GOAT.”
The letter advised that Vinatieri had been “randomly selected by the NFL’s drug-testing program’s Medical Advisor to complete a urine doping test today.” The letter had additional information scribbled: “Must Have ID” and “check in ASAP.”
Vinatieri is enjoying the best season of his 19-year career, converting 34-of-35 field goals. He was voted to the All-Pro first team for a third time.
His focus is on the Colts (12-5) playing the Denver Broncos (12-4) in Sunday’s AFC Divisional playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
“We celebrated in the locker room for about 30 minutes or so and we enjoyed it last night for a little bit,” Vinatieri said Monday of the win over the Bengals, “but yeah, it’s all about business today on. Guys are in here checking out film and getting game plans, and getting ready to go. We’ll be ready to go.”
The visiting Colts have been established as touchdown underdogs against the second-seeded Broncos, who prevailed 31-24 at home against Indianapolis in the season opener on Sept. 7.
“This team has matured and grown throughout the season,” Vinatieri said. “There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but when we play well and we’re focused and we know what to do, we can hang with anybody. It’s going to be a big challenge for us. We know how great of a team Denver is. It’s going to be a tough game, but hopefully we’ll be up for the challenge.”
And hopefully he passed his drug test.
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