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Commentary: Adam Vinatieri Is The NFL’s Best Placekicker Of All-Time

Former New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images/ESPN.com)

By Matt Noonan

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will always be synonymous with the New England Patriots, but the same could be said for Adam Vinatieri, who announced his retirement from the National Football League (NFL) yesterday on The Pat McAfee Show

Vinatieri, like Brady and Belichick, helped the Patriots win their first-ever Super Bowl championship against the St. Louis Rams in 2002 — he clinched the win with a last-second field goal weeks after splitting the uprights twice in a snowy postseason affair with the Oakland Raiders. He would win three more championships over the next five years, including one with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007 (the victory marked the first of two titles for quarterback Peyton Manning, who would win his second Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos in 2016). 

The Yankton, South Dakota native has garnered multiple accolades throughout his career, including a trio of First-Team All-Pro honors along with a spot on three historic rosters: New England Patriots 50th Anniversary Team, NFL 2000s All-Decade Team, and NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. He is currently the league’s all-time scoring leader (2,673 points) and holds numerous kicking records, including the most consecutive field goals made (44).

So, between his accolades and records, along with his four Super Bowl rings, is it fair to say Vinatieri is the best placekicker in NFL History?

My answer: Yes, he is, but some may disagree and say that Morten Andersen (2,544 all-time points) and Gary Anderson (2,434 all-time points) deserve some consideration as the best placekicker in league history.

Neither Andersen nor Anderson has won a Super Bowl, but they both competed for nearly three decades. Vinatieri kicked extra points and field goals for 24 years.

Andersen was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2017 — he is also a member of the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame and ranks second in the league in games played (382). He converted 565 of 709 field-goal attempts and was close to perfect when it came to extra points (849 out of 859 attempts). Andersen kicked for five teams but spent most of his career with the Saints.

Anderson has yet to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame but should hear his name called one of these days especially after tallying 1,343 points with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Four years after he left the Steelers, he enjoyed one of his best seasons with the Minnesota Vikings where he converted every extra point and field goal attempt in the regular season. His streak would conclude in the 1998 NFC Championship Game when he missed a 38-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. The Atlanta Falcons capitalized on the missed field goal by scoring a game-tying touchdown on the ensuing possession. Morten Andersen would cap the comeback with a game-winning field goal in overtime.

Similar to Andersen, Anderson competed for five teams. He spent most of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1982-1994).

All three kickers enjoyed successful careers, but after a quick stroll down memory lane, I still believe Adam Vinatieri is the best placekicker of all time. Had Morten Andersen won at least one — OK, maybe two Super Bowls, then maybe you could say it is a toss-up. Perhaps he would have earned more postseason honors, as well? But based on statistics and four Super Bowl titles, along with being the all-time scoring leader (as of this afternoon), I think it is fair to say that Vinatieri will always be the NFL’s best placekicker.

Daily Noontime: Friday, February 5, 2021

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Friday, everyone – we made it!

And welcome to the first Friday of February – let’s celebrate.

It’s a BIG weekend for so many of us as the final game of the 2020 National Football League (NFL) is scheduled for Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Can you believe it?

Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will compete in Super Bowl on Sunday, which is one of many subjects – and yes, topics, too – discussed on today’s Football Friday Podcast (listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor).

Alright, let’s kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime – as usual, be well, stay safe, and hold the line, everyone!


Friday’s Headlines for February 5, 2021

Finally, our Black History Month celebration on the men and women that have and continue to make an impact on the sports world continued yesterday with getting to know Paul Robeson, who starred as a defensive end with the Rutgers University football team.

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to our late afternoon edition of the Daily Noontime!

We’re posting a bit later than usual – we apologize for the delay, but will be back tomorrow morning with some news and links to kickstart your day. But for now, enjoy a late-afternoon (and yes, early evening) edition of the Daily Noontime.


Tom Brady speaks to the media: Before he takes the field next Sunday, February 7, 2021, for what will be his tenth Super Bowl appearance, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady answered a slew of questions from the media today, including his relationship with wide receiver Antonio Brown.

You can watch the entire interview below, as well as hear other interviews by visiting the Buccaneers’ YouTube channel.

Here are a few more Super Bowl links:

  • In case you missed it, Electronic Arts is “bringing back” its college football game, which was discontinued after it released NCAA Football 14 in 2013.

Finally, Noontime Sports is celebrating Black History Month with a daily post on the men and women who have and continue to make an impact the sports world.

Today, we highlighted Bobby Marshall, who is one of the first African American’s to play professional football.

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone!

And welcome to the morning after a nor’easter here in New England where some of us got no snow while others woke up to one or two feet of snow.

Speaking of the snow, Punxsutawney Phil has an announcement: there will be six more weeks of winter. Hooray!

Alright, enough about the snow. Let’s kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime – as usual, be well, stay safe, and hold the line, everyone!


Tuesday’s Headlines (February 2, 2021)

  • Yesterday was an exciting day for Colin Cowherd, who launched The Volume in partnership with iHeartMedia.

    This partnership will feature a library – well, more a podcast network of 2,000 hours of programing. Of course, Colin Cowherd will be the star because this is his network (and platform) he is launching, but there will be other shows hosted by LaJethro Jenkins and Dragonfly Jonez, along with a football program by Aqib Talib.

    Colin Cowherd is not the first – well, more a “big-time” name to launch a new platform during the pandemic as John Skipper and Dan Le Batard announced earlier this year plans for their content company.
  • According to 247Sports.com, Overtime, which is known for its amazing highlights on social media, is planning to launch a semi-professional basketball league that will “provide compensation” for high school student-athletes.

    More information will be announced later this month, but it appears the plan (as of this morning!) is to begin competition this September.
  • Dartmouth College announced last week plans to reinstate five of its athletic teams, which were cut last year to “increase flexibility in admissions and ease its budget deficit,” but there seemed to be a lot of tension between members of each program with Harry Sheehy, who is the school’s athletic director, and Tiffani-Dawn Sykes, who is the senior associate athletics director for varsity sports, during a recent one hour Zoom session.

    The following programs have been reinstated at Dartmouth: men’s and women’s golf, men’s lightweight rowing, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving.
  • In an open letter on The Athletic, Andy Staples penned a noted – or should we say “memo?” – to incoming Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Commissioner, Jim Phillips, about adding Notre Dame to the league.
  • Tom Brady, who is gearing up for his tenth Super Bowl this week, is open to playing past the age of 45.
  • The Yale University men’s lacrosse team will not compete this spring due to “an insufficient number of players enrolled.”

    News of the Bulldogs pulling the plug on their upcoming season came in an email from head coach Andy Shay to alumni of the program.

Finally, make sure to check out (and see) who made our Noontime Sports Small College Basketball Team of the Week, which we released last night!

Daily Noontime: Monday, February 1, 2021

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Monday, everyone, and welcome to the first day of February!

We’re expecting a nor’easter to arrive in our neighborhood shortly, so please make sure your car is parked on the correct side of the street as we certainly don’t want complaints of parking tickets flooding our email inbox tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.

Yet, before the snow, rain, and slush arrive, allow us to kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime for Monday, February 1, 2021.

As usual, be well, stay safe, hold the line, and smile – we’re almost there!


Monday’s Headlines & Links (February 1, 2021)

  • Let’s start the day with perhaps the biggest news blast (and update) in our email this morning: Theo Epstein, who guided both the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs to World Series victories as en executive for both ball clubs, has joined Arctos Sports Partners, which is a firm that buys minority shares of pro clubs.

    Today’s announcement comes just one day after an SB Nation shared an interesting post (and read) from The Athletic, which asked the following question: who should be the next Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner?

    As we all know, Rob Manfred is the current MLB Commissioner, but putting Theo Epstein in charge may not be a bad idea as the sport could certainly use his help with being just as innovative as the other professional leagues.
  • Welcome to Super Bowl week, which promises to be quite different due to the coronavirus pandemic. But as one sports writer – Jay Mariottiwonders (and writes), is reaching the championship game a win for the National Football League (NFL) or perhaps a sign that our country has turned a blind eye to this deadly virus?
  • College basketball conference championships are on the horizon, which seems crazy, right? But as one west coast reporter write, the Pac-12 is not planning to cancel its conference tournament next month.

    Similar to NCAA D-I college football, the college basketball season has not been pretty – we have seen a lot of starts and stops, along with some programs calling it quits, but don’t be surprised if you see some teams or conferences pull the plug on their respective postseason.
  • The Los Angeles Rams apparently have a new quarterback for the 2021 season as they sent Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Matthew Stafford. But prior to acquiring Matthew Stafford late Saturday evening, the Rams tried to trade for Aaron Rodgers, but the Green Bay Packers said, “no way!”

Monday’s Podcast Alert 🚨

  • Today on the Noontime Sports Podcast, Matt Noonan welcomes Scottie Rodgers, who is the director of communications with the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

    Noonan and Rodgers discuss how the sports communication world has changed due to the pandemic, including how Zoom press conferences could be part of the “new normal.” Rodgers also discussed his role (and involvement) with the Racial and Social Justice Initiative Planning Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
  • You can listen to today’s interview, as well as past shows by visiting our Anchor page!

We’ll be back with more later today, but for now, be well, stay safe, and smile, everyone!