June 20, 2018 / 10:16 AM / a month ago

Colts' Vinatieri has no plans to quit kicking

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has 559 career field goals and needs just seven more to become the NFL’s career leader, but if he has his way, he’ll be around long enough to put a lot of distance between his mark and Morten Andersen’s 565.

Oct 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) celebrates with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) after making a game winning field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Jacksonville 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images

Vinatieri, 45, is beginning his 13th season in Indianapolis, a career in itself for some players, though he spent 10 seasons before that kicking for the New England Patriots. He has been in five Super Bowls, winning four.

So why stop now?

Jun 12, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts place kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) practices kicking a field goal with punter Rigoberto Sanchez (2) during mini camp at Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

“I love it as much today as I had when I started 23 years ago,” Vinatieri told the Colts’ website. “I’m not looking to hang them up anytime soon, unless something happens that needs to be that way.

“I guess I’ll take these one year at a time and see where it ends up.”

Vinatieri rejoined the Colts on a one-year, $3,625,000 contract in February. He hit 27 of his 35 field goals attempted last season.

Vinatieri has 808 extra points to go with his 559 field goals. His 2,487 career points are good for second all time, also behind Andersen, who finished with 2,544.

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