Earlier this week the Indianapolis Colts signed their kicker, Adam Vinatieri, to a one-year contract. The 45-year-old Vinatieri will be playing in his 23rd NFL season in 2018.
The one-year deal gives Vinatieri a chance to break the all-time scoring record in the NFL. He is currently 57 points behind Morten Andersen; Andersen tallied 2,544 career points, Vinatieri has 2,487.
Vinatieri, who went to South Dakota State, is also within striking distance of breaking the record for most points scored by a player in his 40s. He is second behind George Blanda, who had 863 points at age 40 and beyond. Vinatieri has scored 735 points in his 40s.
Here is a look at the players who scored the most career points in their 20s, 30s and 40s. (Research courtesy of Pro Football Reference.com.)
Most points in their 20s
Stephen Gostkowski, 1,023
Mason Crosby, 903
Nate Kaeding, 862
Pete Stoyanovich, 859
Jason Hanson, 857
Most points in their 30s
David Akers, 1,225
Matt Stover, 1,141
Jason Elam, 1,137
Gary Anderson, 1,118
Matt Bryant, 1,082
Most points in their 40s
George Blanda, 863
Adam Vinatieri, 735
Morten Andersen, 704
John Carney, 629
Gary Anderson, 589
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With his 29-yard field goal on December 12 in the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks, Rams kicker Josh Brown joined an elite group of kickers in NFL history. With that field goal, Brown became only the ninth kicker in NFL history to have 100 or more field goals with two different teams. Brown’s field goal gave him 100 with the Rams; he had made 116 field goals during a seven-year career as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. (Ironic that Brown made history against the Seahawks, the other team he kicked for in his career.)
Following are the nine kickers in NFL history who have made 100 or more field goals with two different teams.
Ryan Longwell… 226 with Green Bay; 133 with Minnesota (as of 12/24/11)
Adam Vinatieri… 263 with New England; 122 with Indianapolis (as of 12/24/11)
Josh Brown… 116 with Seattle; 102 with St. Louis (as of 12/24/11)
Morten Andersen… 302 with New Orleans; 184 with Atlanta
John Carney… 261 with San Diego; 168 with New Orleans
Jim Turner… 151 with Denver; 153 with New York Jets
Gary Anderson… 309 with Pittsburgh; 109 with Minnesota
Matt Stover… 354 with Baltimore; 108 with Cleveland
Norm Johnson… 159 with Seattle; 105 with Pittsburgh
Packers look to avoid dubious distinction.
Through 15 games of the 2011 NFL season, the Green Bay Packers have gained 5,932 yards on offense and have given up 6,010. If the Pack finishes with more yards given up on defense than gained on offense, they will become the seventh team in NFL history to win 12 or more games and give up more yards than they gained. If they win their 15th game Sunday and finish the season with more yards given up than gained, they would become the first 15-win team to “accomplish” this feat; if they lose and finish with 14 wins and still have fewer yards gained than given up, they would become the second 14-win team with this dubious distinction in NFL history. Following are the teams with 12 or more wins who finished the season with more yards given up than gained.
Team, year Offensive yards/Defensive yards
Denver, 1984 (12 wins) 4935/5687
Detroit, 1991 (12 wins) 4788/5046
Buffalo, 1993 (12 wins) 5260/5554
Chicago, 2001 (13 wins) 4694/4978
Philadelphia, 2003 (12 wins) 5035/5307
New England, 2010 (14 wins) 5820/5864
Note: It is possible that the Packers could be joined on this list by the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have 4653 yards of offense and have given up 4622, a slim difference of 31 yards after 15 games played this season. Stay tuned!