Former New England Patriots Place Kicker Adam Vinatieri took his team to Super Bowl victory in 2002 and 2004 by kicking winning field goals in the last seconds of each game – a 48-yard field goal in 2002, and a 41-yard field goal in 2004. With more than 200 career field goals, Vinatieri was the Patriots’ all-time scoring leader, and also the most reliable field goal kicker in franchise history.
The second of four children born to Paul and Judy Vinatieri, Adam Matthew Vinatieri was born on December 28th, 1972 in Yankton, South Dakota. He attended Rapid City Central High School (South Dakota), where he lettered in football, soccer, track, and wrestling. He earned first team all state honors in 1991.
Adam went on to attend South Dakota State, where he was a four year letterman as a place kicker and handled the team’s punting chores from 1992 through 1994, earning himself first team all conference honors in each of those three seasons. He finished his collegiate career as the school’s all time scoring leader with 185 career points scored. He earned his degree in fitness and wellness.
After college he spent the fall of 1995 training to compete professionally, and his hard work paid off. Adam received a World League tryout and earned a roster position with the Amsterdam Admirals as a place kicker and punter.
Vinatieri signed with the Patriots as a rookie free agent on June 28, 1996, and was re-signed on July 19, 1998 and March 12, 1999. On February 21, 2002, he was designated the Patriots’ franchise player and on March 15, 2002, he was once again re-signed.
Adam was very active in the community during his time with Patriots. The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, D.A.R.E. and the Governer’s Highway Safety Bureau are just a few of the many charities that Adam donated time and resources to over the years.
In 2006, Adam Vinatieri signed with the Indianapolis Colts.