The New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts have a history, and many players switched teams over the years. Thursday was a homecoming for Adam Vinatieri. The Patriots legend played in Foxboro for over a decade, and helped the team hoist three Lombardi Trophies.
Adam Vinatieri brought two titles with his foot and he has made numerous clutch field goals throughout his career. The kicker left the team in 2005 and signed a deal with the Indianapolis Colts. He’s been part of the Colts family for 13 years now. Vinatieri came back to Gillette Stadium, and admitted that the field and his former teammates will always have a special place in his heart.
“This is a special place and it always will be. It’s a special place and it’s got a lot of nostalgia for me, obviously. It’s a fun place to play. The fans are wild and crazy and it’s a hard place to win if you’re an opposing team. We just didn’t play well enough obviously. Walking off the field it was kind of a neat feeling. It was pretty cool [the ovation he received walking off the field], it really was, and I appreciate that,” the Colts kicker said.
“A lot of the fans were pointing up at the banners and stuff like that. It was pretty cool. It will always hold a special place in my heart for the 10 years I spent here with such a great team and organization and great fans. It was neat. I only heard one person say, ‘You suck’ then another guy said, ‘No you don’t Vini, we love you!’ In years past they were more brutal on me but lately they’re just nice to me so it’s good stuff.”
Viantieri witnessed the fall of the Colts yesterday, and now he is in a tie with quarterback Tom Brady for the most wins all-time.