Ageless “Mr. Clutch” just keeps on ticking and kicking.
Adam Vinatieri, the NFL’s oldest player at 42, was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month Thursday after the Indianapolis Colts kicker was perfect on 11 field goals for November.
He kicked a game-winning field goal at Atlanta, the 26th deciding kick in the fourth quarter or overtime in his stellar 20-year career.
"Any time that you’re recognized for good play is a special thing," Vinatieri said. "It’s a great honor. It’s hard to come by. A month, that means you’ve put four pretty good games together, you’ve helped your team win games and that kind of stuff. It’s definitely an honor to be named that this go around and something I’ll cherish.”
His 42 points in the month tied for fourth in the NFL. The Colts won three of four games, and even in a loss at Carolina, Vinatieri booted a 50-yard field goal in overtime. The kick broke a tie with Jason Elam and Jason Hanson for most overtime field goals made in NFL history at 10.
Against Denver on Nov. 8, Vinatieri made a 55-yard field goal, the longest of his Colts career.
Last Sunday, he had four field goals in a 25-12 home win over Tampa Bay. It’s the second time this season and 19th game in his career with four or more field goals.
It’s the fourth time Vinatieri has earned the award, but first time with the Colts. He received the honor while with the New England Patriots in 1998, 1999 and 2004.
For the season, he’s hit 16-of-18 field goals including three-of-four from 50 yards or longer.
Vinatieri made two Super Bowl-winning field goals with the Patriots and is the only kicker in league history to kick field goals in four Super Bowls and play in five title games. He’s won four rings. He’s also the only NFL player to ever produce 1,000 points with two teams, the Colts and Patriots.
The NFL’s active points leader with 2,219 ranks third in league history. He holds the Colts record for most points (1,061), extra points (368) and field goals (231).
Last season, Vinatieri enjoyed his best season with only one miss in 31 field-goal attempts and was selected All-Pro first team and to the Pro Bowl for the third time.
Vinatieri is the first Colts player to earn AFC Special Teams Player of the Month since punter Pat McAfee won the award in September 2014. This season, McAfee earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 3), while safety Mike Adams (Week 5) and cornerback Darius Butler (Week 9) each were named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
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