Adam Vinatieri: New deal for Indianapolis Colts kicker

Adam Vinatieri
Adam Vinatieri kicked the 48-yard game-winning field goal for New England Patriots in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXVI against the St Louis Rams in 2002

The NFL's oldest player, 43-year-old Adam Vinatieri, has signed a new deal with the Indianapolis Colts that will take him beyond his 45th birthday.

The kicker's two-year deal was agreed just a day before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

He is already the Colts' all-time leader in points scored, extra points made and field goals made.

And he is one of only three kickers in the history of American football to have passed 500 career field goals.

Vinatieri's 48-yard kick to win Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 is often credited as the moment that launched a period of New England Patriots dominance that saw them win the championship twice more in the next three seasons and reach six Super Bowls in 13 years.

How does Vinatieri compare?

American football

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