Kicker Adam Vinatieri, NFL’s All-time Leading Scorer, Announces he’s Retiring from NFL at 48 After 24 Seasons and 4 Super Bowl Wins

FILE PHOTO: Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) applauds a military service announcement during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Vinatieri was an NFL kicker for 24 seasons, and the 48-year-old will not add to that figure, as he announced his retirement Wednesday on The Pat McAfee Show (warning: video contains profanity).

Vinatieri had a rocky final season in 2019, making just 17 of 25 field-goal attempts and 22 of 28 extra points. His 68.0 field-goal percentage was easily the worst of his career and well below his average of 84.3 percent entering the season, while his 78.6 extra-point percentage marked the only time he failed to reach 91.4.

He also played just 12 games before requiring surgery on the meniscus and patellar tendon in his left knee. It was uncertain if Vinatieri would come back for a 25th season, and he told Mike Chappell of Fox59 in April 2020 he was at peace if his career was over:

“If I can’t make it back, it is what it is. I’d like to play again, but if not, that’s part of the deal.

“If after 24 years you’re not at peace with what you’ve done in your career, then you’re a jackass. What more? I always wanted to be a good father and a good husband. Football is what I do, it doesn’t define me.

“Saying that, my definition of Adam Vinatieri the football player is he’s had a pretty good run. If it’s not in the cards and I’m not coming back—and I’m not saying that—then, yes, I’ll be at peace.”

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SOURCE: Bleacher Report, Timothy Rapp