Adam Vinatieri: The highest points scorer in NFL history

Adam Vinatieri: The highest points scorer in NFL history


Adam Vinatieri is one of the highest points scorers and iconic kickers in NFL history. He has held the title of the highest points scorer in the NFL for more than a decade and shows no sign of slowing down. His skill as a kicker and the discipline he has both on and off the field have established him as one of the best players of his generation. Moreover, he is sure to go down in NFL history as one of the greatest to ever kick the ball.

A Legendary Career

Throughout his 24-year career, Adam Vinatieri has won four Super Bowl titles and made appearances in five of the biggest American football championship games. He made one of the most memorable-to-date Super Bowl-winning field goals in 2001 against the St. Louis Rams and the first-ever field goal in overtime in the NFL's matchup between the Patriots and Raiders in 2002. He went on to win three more Super Bowl titles with the Patriots and eventually won a fourth crown with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006.

Vinatieri is not only famous for his prowess on the field but for playing a significant role off the field as well. He is the author of the book, "The Great Adventure – My Life As An NFL Player,” in which he details his life as a football player from the training room to family life as an NFL player.

Vinatieri has also devoted himself to his community. He is an active supporter of charities such as The Children's Home and a member of the South Dakota State University Football Hall of Fame. He and his wife are wonderful partners of Zoie’s Dream Foundation, which helps children suffering from serious illnesses.

Kicking Records

Adam Vinatieri scored the highest points in NFL history, a total of 2,673, equivalent to a total of 44 field goals, 563 extra points, and 257 kickoff points. He's a three-time All-Pro, four-time Super Bowl champion, and seven-time Pro Bowl participant. Vinatieri is the only player in NFL history to have 20-plus seasons with scoring a point.

He also holds many records, including the most field goal attempts (582) and the most field goal successes (552). Vinatieri holds the record for the most field goals in a single season with 37 in 2004 and made a total of 44 game-winning field goals. The highlight of his career is the 48-yard field goal at the end of Super Bowl XXXVI, which gave the Patriots their first Super Bowl victory.

Vinatieri is currently the first place in the history of American football in terms of total points, with 18 players behind him on the list (15 of which are NFL Kickers). By the time Vinatieri completed his final season with the Patriots in 2005, he had kicked 18 game-winning field goals with less than one minute remaining, comprising the postseason. Moreover, Adam had a career field goal percentage of 81.9 percent (263/321), fifth-highest in NFL history in the season of 2005.


Vinatieri has earned numerous accolades throughout his career. He was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month eight times and has been named to two Pro Bowls since joining the Colts. He has also been named to the NFL Team of the Decade for the 2000-2009 periods and was recently named one of the finalists for the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Vinatieri is widely praised for his performance on the field and is seen as the man who has set the precedent for kickers today. He commended himself for his consistency, discipline, and skill under pressure in some of the most pressure-filled moments in NFL history.


At the age of 48, Adam Vinatieri announced his retirement on the 26th of May 2021. He ended his career as the most accurate kicker in NFL history after 24 seasons on former Colts teammate and punter Pat McAfee’s Podcast, “The Pat McAfee Show. And he left a legacy that is going to enshrine in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His three hundred sixty-five games were the second most by an NFL player in history.

Adam Vinatieri is one of the most iconic and prolific kickers in NFL history. His long-range kicking ability, precision accuracy, and discipline have seen him take the title of the highest points scorer for more than a decade, and earn himself a spot in the list of NFL greats. With his continued excellence and performance on the field, it is safe to assume that Vinatieri will go down in NFL history as one of the greatest kickers of all time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long has Adam Vinatieri been playing in the National Football League?

Adam Vinatieri is one of the NFL legends of all time and he has been in the NFL for twenty-four seasons. In the 1996 draft, New England Patriots drafted him. And he played about ten seasons there. Moreover, he was a member of the Colts for 14 seasons.

How many Super Bowls has Adam Vinatieri been selected for?

Adam Vinatieri selected himself for four Super Bowls throughout his career.  Moreover, a four-time Pro Bowl winner, 3 with the Patriots and one with Colts - Adam has the most Pro Bowl wins for a kicker.

How many points has Adam Vinatieri scored in his career?

Adam Vinatieri is an American soccer placekicker. With the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, he played in the National Football League for around twenty-four seasons. He has scored 2673 points in his 23-year career, which is the most of any player in NFL history.

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