Adam Vinatieri is the NFL’s undisputed field goal king.
The Indianapolis Colts kicker broke the NFL’s all-time record for field goals with his 42-yard field goal in the second quarter against the Houston Texans on Sunday to cut Indy’s defecit to 21-10. The Texans went on to win 37-34 in overtime.
Vinatieri entered the game tied with Hall of Famer Morten Andersen with 565 career field goals before his record-setting kick at No. 566. He hit a 44-yard field goal in overtime to push his career total to 567.
Prior to making the boot, the 23-year veteran made history just by suiting up — he surpassed George Blanda for fourth on the all-time games played list (341).
“Yeah, I think I’ll probably think about it more when I’m done and gone at some point,” Vinatieri said about breaking the record. “It’s kind of funny: I was thinking about when guys were congratulating me during the game. And it kind of hit me like, ‘wow, nobody’s kicked more, you know? I mean, it just kind of hit me like that, like, wow, this is more than anybody else has ever done.
“It’s weird. Coming off a loss, it doesn’t feel quite the same way [as it might should]. Weeks, months and years from now, I’ll look back on it and it’ll be pretty special.”
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