Adam Vinatieri is known as an American football kicker in the National Football League. He is most famous for winning the Super Bowl with the Patriots and the Colts.
Adam Matthew Vinatieri was born on December 28, 1972 in Yankton, South Dakota. Adam born to Paul and Judy Vinatieri as the second of four children. Vinatieri went to Central High School in Rapid City, South Dakota and was a letterman in football, wrestling, soccer, and track. In football, he earned first team All-State praises as a senior. Adam Vinatieri graduated from Central High School in 1991.Vinatieri was initially enrolled to kick for the Army football team and went to West Point for half a month in 1991 preceding choosing to return home to South Dakota. He was a four-year letterman at South Dakota State University as a placekicker and punter.
In 1996, Adam was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent to be a spot kicker. He played in New England for the initial 10 years of his NFL career, during which he has played in four Super Bowls. His first Super Bowl appearance was in his rookie season of 1996, when he played with the Patriots in their 35-21 defeat to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI.
In the 2001 playoffs, during a snowstorm against the Oakland Raiders in the last game at Foxboro Stadium, Vinatieri kicked a 45-yard field goal that marginally made it over the crossbar to tie the game 13-13 and send it into extra time. The Patriots at that point won on another field goal of 23 yards by Vinatieri. That 45-yard kick in driving snow is viewed as one of the best clutch plays and most noteworthy kicks in NFL history.
After the 2005 season, the Patriots decided not to put the franchise tag on Vinatieri as they had the prior year, enabling him to turn into a free agent. He had chatted with the Green Bay Packers, yet left without a contract offer. On March 22, 2006, Vinatieri signed with the Indianapolis Colts, supplanting Mike Vanderjagt who was signed by the Dallas Cowboys. Vinatieri was signed to a multi year contract and got a $3.5 million signing reward.
In September 2019, there was growing speculation that the Colts would cut Adam from the team soon. Vinatieiri has had a bad start to his season, missing a couple of extra points in Indianapolis' 19-17 win over the Titans.
Adam and his better half Valeri and their two children live in Carmel, Indiana during the football season and Celebration, Florida during the off-season.
|Birth Date:||28 Dec, 1972|
|Occupations:||American football player|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Education:||United States Military Academy
South Dakota State University
|Description:||American football player|