Adam Vinatieri Press Conference Highlights

Kicker Adam Vinatieri made his first comments as an Indianapolis Colt on Thursday at his press conference in Indianapolis.

"First of all, I would like to thank all of the Colts organization, Mr. Irsay, Mr. Polian, Coach Dungy. Everyone that I have met here has been very, very great to me.  For me, obviously leaving New England is tough in a sense that I had many, many great memories there, but the Indianapolis Colts organization is such a great organization, a winning organization.  Everything about them is fantastic, so it made a lot of sense to me, and it was an easy decision at this point to jump on board with the Indianapolis Colts.  I'm very proud and very honored to be here and hopefully I can live up to all of their expectations.  They have a winning organization here, and I expect to do everything I can to help them continue that."

(on if he finds it ironic that he is going to the Patriots' biggest AFC rival over the last few years)

"Well, that was definitely one of the things when I thought about the situation and the opportunities that I had.  The Indianapolis Colts are a great team and a great organization, and I knew that the opportunity of continuing to win football games and the possibility of winning championships is at a very high level here, and that was definitely one of the considerations.  It will be nice to play inside a little bit more than in New England. There are a lot of pros involved with this, so it made the decision easier."

(on if he is looking forward to the trip to New England next season)

"It should be an exciting week.  I've had a lot of great memories in New England. The fans there are amazing, and the people there are great.  They have been very supportive over the past 10 years.  It will be interesting to see how the reaction is later this fall.  It was a great time and great memories and I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my life now."

(on playing indoors now)

"I don't think it's ever easy.  Sure, there are not as many weather conditions, but my expectations are always to go out on the field and do the best that I can and put the ball through the posts and help my team in any way I can, if it's kicking off or if it's kicking field goals or if it's making a tackle or whatever it may be.  So, in saying that, it's never easy, but being inside will definitely be a nice change.  In saying that, I have a lot of expectations, which I'm sure the team has a lot of expectations for me also, and we're going to try to do everything we can to live up to those expectations."

(on if he thought he was going to retire a Patriot)

"The memories there have been fantastic.  The opportunities there have been great.  There will always be a special spot in my heart for the New England Patriots.  The guys that I have played with over the past 10 years, the things that they have accomplished, I'll always miss a certain degree of that, but I'm very, very excited about making some history with the Indianapolis Colts also."

(on what it was about the Colts that made him want to play in Indianapolis)

"The fact that they are a great football team and a great organization, from the management from the guys in the locker room, everything about them.  Obviously, their record speaks for itself last year.  They were as close as any team has for going undefeated in a long, long, long time.  And the expectations are still there, if not higher, and hopefully I can do whatever I need to do to help them achieve those expectations."

(on if he has spoken to any Colts players)

"Peyton (Manning) called me the other day.  That's a good start.  It's cool, when you get star quarterbacks calling the lowly kickers, it's a good thing.  He just wanted to say welcome aboard and if there was anything he could do to help.  Peyton's a great guy, and this organization, without being a member of it, just their success that they have had on the field, throughout the league you hear about how great of an organization it is and the players that they have on the team and how everybody gets along really well and the continuity of the team and the coaches and players, it's just a great organization and an easy fit for me."

(on how he expects the transition to go, from changing teams to cities to units)

"Obviously, we'll be working a lot this offseason with (Tight End/Long Snapper) Justin Snow and (Punter/Holder) Hunter Smith trying to make sure we get some continuity.  With anything, it takes repetition and practice, but I expect that with all of the practice we'll have and being in the weight room and being around the guys, it will be a smooth transition."

Colts Blitz Top Stories