Adam Vinatieri is a former professional placekicker. Vinatieri joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 1996, where he played 10 seasons, and was a member of the Colts for 14 seasons. A four-time Super Bowl winner — three with the Patriots and one with the Colts — he has the most Super Bowl wins by a kicker.
Vinateri played in the NFL for 24 seasons with the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts. He is considered as one of the greatest kickers in league history. He also holds the NFL records for most field goals made, most postseason points, and most overtime field goals made. He is also one of the only player to score 1,000 points for two different teams. Retiring in 2021 after a year in free agency, Vinatieri was the last active player whose career began in the 1990s. Celebrated for his kicking accuracy and success under pressure, Vinatieri converted several of the most crucial field goals in NFL history. During the 2001–02 NFL playoffs, he completed the game-tying and winning kicks of New England's AFC Divisional Playoff game in blizzard conditions and the game-winning kick in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXVI, earning the Patriots their first championship.
On May 26, 2021, Vinatieri announced his retirement from the NFL after 24 seasons on former Colts teammate and punter Pat McAfee’s podcast, The Pat McAfee Show. He retired as the NFL's all-time leading scorer.