Age-Defying Adam Vinatieri Will Kick On in 2018
The Pro Football Hall of Fame can wait, Adam Vinatieri isn't done kicking just yet.
The South Dakota native and South Dakota State graduate, has signed a one-year deal to the return to the Indianapolis Colts for the 2018 season - his 23rd in the NFL.
Vinatieri, who will be 46 by the end of next season, will make $3.625 million, plus a $1 million signing bonus, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Vinatieri will get a $250,000 bonus if he makes 88 percent of his field goal attempts next season.
The 1994 SDSU graduate and Rapid City native is poised to become the most prolific kicker in NFL history in 2018 as he enters the season seven field goals shy of Morten Anderson's NFL record of 565, 58 points away from Andersen's all-time mark of 2,544.
Vinatieri spent his first ten seasons with the New England Patriots and the past 12 with the Colts. He won three Super Bowl rings with New England and one with Indianapolis.
In college, he was a first-team All-America selection, setting SDSU records for longest field goal (51 yards), most points scored by a placekicker (195), and most career field goals (27).
His nephew, Chase, is the current Jackrabbits placekicker.