“It’s because of the work he puts in in the offseason, the work ethic he has,” McAfee said. “There’s a lot of wear and tear on the hips and joints, so you have to keep your body in great shape. It’s a very explosive movement, kicking, which is why a lot of people can kick and punt but they can’t do it for very long. He does it because he puts the work in.”
How much longer can Vinatieri keep doing this? He thinks he’s still got a few more years and he’d like to finish his career Indy even though his contract expires after the season.
If this his last go-round with the Colts, Vinatieri has a chance to go out in style.
He enters Sunday with 1,994 career points and needs nine against Jacksonville (4-11) to pass George Blanda (2,002) for sixth place. Former teammate Matt Stover is fifth at 2,004. If he comes back next season, Vinatieri could move past John Carney (2,062) and possibly Jason Hanson (2,150) into third all-time. That would leave only Morten Andersen (2,544) and Gary Anderson (2,434) ahead of him. None of those numbers includes Vinatieri’s NFL-record 196 postseason points, either.
But now that the Colts are in the playoffs, this goal is simple: Bring home one more Super Bowl ring.
“That’s why you play football,” Vinatieri said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have that opportunity. When everybody does their job, there’s plenty of credit to go around.”