INDIANAPOLIS -- The importance of having a good kicker couldn’t have been any more evident than in Sunday’s playoff matchup between Minnesota and Seattle when Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal in the final seconds of the game that would have given them a victory over the Seahawks.
Not even close.
Vinatieri will be a free agent, but he’s not ready to trade in his cleats for the flip-flop life of retirement. He definitely didn’t kick like it last season, either.
Vinatieri made his final 25 field goal attempts after missing his first two attempts of the season. His 25-of-27 accuracy included 12 of 13 from at least 40 yards out. He was 30-of-31 during the 2014 season.
“For me I’ve always said I want to do it as long as I’m an asset, not a liability,” Vinatieri said. “I feel like I can still do it at a high level and I still love it.”
Vinatieri said he no longer puts money as a priority when thinking about his future. He has made plenty of it during his 20-year career. His goal is to try to win another Super Bowl.
“Maybe my first few years it might have been more about money, it’s not about that anymore,” Vinatieri said. “I don’t play the game for that at all now.”
Vinatieri did joke that he would like to pass Morten Andersen and Gary Anderson, who are first and second, respectively, in points scored. Vinatieri has 2,253 points, while Morten Andersen has 2,544 points and Gary Anderson has 2,434 points.
“Now it’s about I kind of want to catch Mort and Gary,” Vinatieri said. “They’re way out in front of me. It’ll take me a long time. We’ll see how it goes. I say that with all due respect for those two guys. I’ve always said I want to win another Super Bowl. There are no guarantees. We’ll see where it goes.”