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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 28 December 1972Yankton, South Dakota, USA
Birth NameAdam Matthew Vinatieri
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Adam Vinatieri was signed as a rookie free agent kicker out of South Dakota State by the New England Patriots prior to the 1996 season. Patriot head coach Bill Parcells made the bold move in bringing in Vinatieri to replace veteran kicker Matt Bahr, a favorite of Parcells. Vinatieri vindicated the coach's decision and has held the Patriot kicking job for the past eight years. He has a career 80.6 field goal percentage, and is perfect in every NFL indoor facility except Houston. Vinatieri is best known, however, for his clutch kicks under incredible pressure. Twice in his career he has kicked field goals to win Super Bowls in the final seconds; in Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams (with no time left), and in Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Carolina Panthers (with four seconds left). In the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff game at Foxborough, Mass. against the Oakland Raiders, he kicked a game-tying 45-yard field goal and an overtime game-winning 23-yard field goal amidst blizzard conditions at Foxborough Stadium. NFL Films broadcaster Harry Kalas proclaimed Vinatieri as "the best clutch field goal kicker in NFL history".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bob George

Trivia (9)

Became just the second player in NFL history to record 100 points in each of his first six years
He and his wife Valerie were married in the off-season of 2001 after the Superbowl victory
He is the second of four children
His younger brother, Beau, is a kicker at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.
Kicked the game winning field goal with no time left on the clock to help the Patriots defeat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 at Superbowl XXXVI
He had never missed a field goal inside a dome stadium in his career until the Patriots played the Houston Texans in November 2003 inside Reliant Stadium. Vinitiari missed two FG tries, but kicked the game-winning FG near the end of overtime, helping the Patriots win 23-20. Reliant Stadium would prove a personal house of horrors for Vinitiari again in Superbowl XXXVIII against the Carolina Panthers. Vinitiari missed a FG try and a second try was blocked by Panthers player Shane Burton, both in the game's first quarter, but as in Superbowl XXXVI he kicked the winning FG at the end of regulation.
Relative of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel.
Descendant of Felix Vinatieri, who fought alongside General George Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn.
On 19 January 2002, in a playoff game against the Oakland Raiders on a snow-covered field, Vinatieri kicked a 45-yard field goal that tied the game at 13-13. The Patriots won the game 16-13 (on another Vinatieri field goal) and went on to win their first Super Bowl. "Kick-Starting a Dynasty" was ranked #7 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Most Awesome Sports Moments (of the last 15 years)". [17 July 2005 issue]

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