Adam Vinatieri has four Super Bowl rings to go along with two Pro Bowl appearances and two selections as a First-Team All-Pro. He’s one of only 20 players in NFL history to make over 500 extra points, he’s 15th all-time in career field goals made, and has a career field goal percentage of 81.86, which I believe ranks him at 15th all-time in that category as well. So yes, he has had a fantastic career and that’s all good and well except he’s on my team now and unfortunately his now isn’t as good as his career average.
Vinatieri entered the league in 1996 as a member of the New England Patriots. He played ten years with them and was a key part of all three of their Super Bowl victories this decade, which they cheated to get to and win. Despite that, Vinatieri was phenomenal for the patriots. He was also phenomenal in 2006, his first season with the Indianapolis Colts and the year that we won the Super Bowl. After that though, things took a turn for the worse and over the past three seasons (including the one currently under way) I have been at best disappointed.
On the whole his numbers (in terms of percentages) as a Colt aren’t much different than they were when he was with the cheaters, but if you take out that 2006 season, and then compare his numbers from the past three years to his ones with the patriots it is a significant drop off. Here’s a chart to illustrate what I mean:
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