The Tales of Adam Vinatieri, the NFL’s Forrest Gump

October 24, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Someday, Adam Vinatieri may tell this story to a perfect stranger while sitting on a bench waiting for a bus, eating from a box of chocolates as a white feather floats in the breeze.
Vinatieri has floated through more than two decades in the NFL, finding himself in the middle of history time and again, and often creating it. It happened again Sunday when Vinatieri kicked two field goals in the Indianapolis Colts' 34-26 victory over the Tennessee Titans, setting a record of 43 consecutive field goals without a miss.
Looking back, his story seems more like a movie than a career.      
It began with an introduction.
Hello, my name is Adam. Adam Vinatieri.
It was 1996, and the man shaking his hand was an intimidating figure with blue eyes that could look right through you. Vinatieri was a 23-year-old from Yankton, South Dakota, who had joined the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent. The year before, he had kicked for the Amsterdam Admiral...

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