After 24 professional seasons in the NFL, longtime placekicker Adam Vinatieri formally announced his retirement from the NFL during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show”.
“By Friday, if paperwork goes in, you heard it here first,” Vinatieri told his former Indianapolis Colts teammate.
4x Super Bowl champ Adam Vinatieri says he’s retiring.
What a career 🔥 @brgridiron
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 26, 2021
Over those 24 seasons across both sides of the New England Patriots (1996-2005) and Indianapolis Colts (2006-2019) rivalry, Vinatieri won four Super Bowl championships, earned three Pro Bowl honors, three first team All-Pro awards, and was named to both the NFL All-Decade Team and NFL 100 All-Time Team.
Additionally, Vinatieri walks away from the NFL as its all time kicking leader in career points made and postseason points with a likely spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame up next.
Despite Vinatieri winding up playing more seasons in Indianapolis as opposed to New England, his clutch performances as a Patriot will always be remembered as one of the key parts to the early success of the dynasty.
Vinatieri made 29 game winning kicks over his career, two of which won the Patriots its first two Super Bowl’s while the third came in blizzard-like conditions during the unforgettable “Snow Bowl” or “Tuck Rule Game” to Raiders fans.
With Vinatieri retiring, Tom Brady now becomes the longest tenured active player in the NFL.
Check out some of the best social media posts and teammate reactions to the news below.
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) May 26, 2021
People use the term G.O.A.T. loosely these days. But @adamvinatieri is truly a 🐐. Congrats on your retirement bro. It was a pleasure to sit back and watch #greatness for many years. #Automatic #colts @Colts pic.twitter.com/5Ql8K0pG0s
— Reggie Wayne (@ReggieWayne_17) May 26, 2021
This was no kicker….V was a football player. Congrats bro! All love 👊🏽 https://t.co/Xm1VZPnoRI
— Tedy Bruschi (@TedyBruschi) May 26, 2021
Leader. Legend and one great teammate. Congratulations bro! 🐐 https://t.co/dYtntrB1pT
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) May 26, 2021
— The Hall presented by Raytheon Technologies (@TheHall) May 26, 2021
One of the best to ever do it!
— Joe Andruzzi (@Andruzzi63) May 26, 2021
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) May 26, 2021
Adam Vinatieri played for a long time. pic.twitter.com/VeRxgxvKqu
— Steve Perrault (@Steve_Perrault) May 26, 2021
Legend @adamvinatieri 💍💍💍💍
Enjoy retirement. pic.twitter.com/VJx96RXbFi
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 26, 2021
— NFL (@NFL) May 26, 2021
Adam Vinatieri taking down Hershel Walker. 🐐 stuff. pic.twitter.com/qzYzv0tVoA
— Pats Pulpit (@patspulpit) May 26, 2021
599 regular-season field goals, the most of all-time.
2,673 career points, the most of all-time.
An 83.8% field goal percentage.
Two Super Bowl-winning kicks.
What a career. What a legend. Adam Vinatieri goes into history as one of the best ever. pic.twitter.com/lTnWMExywM
— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) May 26, 2021
@adamvinatieri #adamvinatieri Kicked 26 FG's, 39 extra points and punted once in 17 Playoff Games for the Patriots. Ran for 2 points, tossed a TD pass, tackled Hershell Walker from behind and was AFC Special Team Player/Month 3 times in 160 regular season games for the Patriots. pic.twitter.com/RviELnu8Yd
— Bob Hyldburg (@BobtheStatMan) May 26, 2021
Tom Brady shares some thoughts regarding Vinatieri's retirement pic.twitter.com/0bulhMmfzA
— Robert Alvarez (@ralvarez617) May 27, 2021
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