Sunday, December 2, 2012
Mag Minute: Adam Vinatieri, Colts kicker
By Amy Brachmann ESPN The Magazine
The 17-year NFL vet Googles horses, eats chocolate chip cookies and thinks Matt Damon should play him.
The first kicker ever to win four Super Bowls, Adam Vinatieri hails from Yankton, S.D.
After four years at South Dakota State, Vinatieri joined the World League of American Football before signing as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots.
It didn't take long for Vinatieri to make a name for himself with game-winning kicks in the infamous Tuck Rule game and Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII.
Now with the Colts, Vinatieri has been a teammate of two of the greatest quarterbacks of his era: Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. These days, he plays alongside the QB many are calling the next great one, Andrew Luck.
What is the biggest misconception about you?
People think kickers in general kick field goals. But kickers are actually good athletes; we run and work out just like the rest of the football team.
If you were a talk show host, which celebrity would you want as your first guest?
Al Pacino. He’s just a great actor. And Jack Nicholson. The two of them together.
If you could go to dinner with one person, dead or alive, whom would it be?
George Washington. I’d love to pick his brain and ask him about building a new country and what it was like back then.
What is one thing you always have with you?
What was the last thing you Googled?
A dude ranch. My daughter is really into horses, so I’m looking into a family vacation.
Who would you want to play you in your biopic?
Matt Damon. He’s about my age, I respect him as an actor and he’s a charismatic guy.
What is the most embarrassing music you own?
There’s some Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in my truck. But that’s just so the kids will ride along with me.
What do you like best about your job?
I get to put on a helmet, go out in front of 70,000 people and play a kids game. And they pay me to do it.
What do you hate about it?
It’s the same time as hunting season.
What is your idea of a perfect day?
It would definitely involve 75 degrees and sun, and probably a hammock and a good book or magazine.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate chip cookies.
What game show would you like to be a contestant on?
I’d love to be on “Man vs. Wild.” Is that a game show?
What song is stuck in your head these days?
“The Warmth” by Incubus. I love the lyrics, and it’s got a great beat. It’s just a great song -- to work out to, to drive to, anything.
What is your pregame meal?
If it’s a night game, chicken, pasta, sweet potato and a salad. That seems like a lot, because it is. It’ll be a while before I eat again.
What place in the world do you most want to visit?
New Zealand. I’ve been to Australia, and I should’ve gone to New Zealand then.