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December 29, 2013

Colts' Vinatieri joins NFL's 2,000-point club

INDIANAPOLIS — Sunday was just another typical day for Adam Vinatieri.

He became the seventh NFL player to score 2,000 points and then passed an NFL Hall of Famer and an old friend to move into fifth on the career list. Yes, the best clutch kicker in league history lived up to his title against Jacksonville, making all three field goals and all three extra points to lead Indianapolis past Jacksonville 30-10. Vinatieri finished the season with 2,006 points.

"Before the season I saw that 2,000 points lingering out there, but I didn't really think about it or look at it too much until right here at the end," he said. "That's a selfish goal, obviously, to get to 2,000, but it's a neat thing. There haven't been a lot of guys to do it."

Vinatieri can now consider himself one of the lucky ones.

He joined the club with a 26-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, then passed George Blanda (2,002 points) with an extra point in the third quarter. He passed Matt Stover, who replaced the injured Vinatieri during Indy's 2009 AFC championship run, with 39-yard field goal midway through the third quarter. Stover finished his career with 2,004 points.

And at age 41, the soon-to-be free agent who most of this season as the oldest player in the league has shown no indication of slowing down.

With three more field goals Sunday, Vinatieri extended his career high from 32 to 35. His percentage of made field goals (87.5) was the fifth-best of his 18-year career and he finished 2013 with 139 points, the second most of his career.

Yes, Vinatieri would like to come back to the Colts and from the sound of it, they'd like to have him back.

"That guy is a warrior. He had a birthday this week. I won't tell you how old he turned. He won't tell you, but I know he's the ageless wonder," coach Chuck Pagano said. "He's just a tremendous, tremendous player. Just a great human being and a great teammate."

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