Former Patriot Vinatieri Speaks To The Media

Former New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri spoke to the media in Indianapolis after agreeing to join the Colts organization this week. Vinatieri, considered the greatest clutch kicker in the game, signed a multi-year deal to replace former Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt. Here are some of Vinatieri's comments.

"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. "

(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. "

(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."

(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."

For the complete Vinatieri press conference, (click here)

Newly acquired Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, center, poses with coach Tony Dungy, left, and team president Bill Polian, right, during a press conference, Thursday, March 23, 2006, in Indianapolis. The Colts signed the veteran kicker on Wednesday. (AP Photo/John Harrell)

Vinatieri's other comments were:
- On if he thought he was going to retire a Patriot
- On what it was about the Colts that made him want to play in Indianapolis
- On if he has spoken to any Colts players
- On how he expects the transition to go, from changing teams to cities to units

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