INDIANAPOLIS — It's official: After playing 24 seasons in the NFL, Adam Vinatieri is hanging up his cleats.
The NFL's all-time leading scorer announced his retirement Wednesday on the "Pat McAfee Show," telling his former teammate, "Do you want it to be live on your show that Vinny's officially done? ... By Friday, if the paperwork goes in, you heard it here first."
Vinatieri, who spent 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, retires as a four-time Super Bowl champion, six-time AFC champion, two-time Pro Bowl starter, and the NFL's leading scorer with 2,673 points.
This past season was the Colts' first since 2005 without Vinatieri, as rookie Rodrigo Blankenship stepped into the position. After 24 seasons in the NFL, Vinatieri became a free agent and did not get picked up by any teams.
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The team did not take Vinatieri's time and success for granted. He was honored with a giant banner on the south side of Lucas Oil Stadium that read, "Thank you for the memories."
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Prior to his time in Indianapolis, Vinatieri spent 10 seasons with the New England Patriots.
"No matter the time, place, no matter the weather, he had the clutch leg," said Kyle Windland, a Patriots fan from Connecticut visiting Indianapolis on business in 2020. "If not being clutch, then scoring the most points or being most accurate, but I think the clutch factor is what every team wants their kicker to possess."
Vinatieri still lives in the Indianapolis area with his family. His son plays football for Zionsville High School. After Vinatieri made his announcement, he asked McAfee, the former Colts punter who retired from the NFL in 2017, to help his son punt.