INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Vinatieri is coming back in 2019 for his 13th season with the Indianapolis Colts and his 24th NFL season.
Indianapolis Colts General Manager Chris Ballard made the announcement Friday.
Vinatieri is coming off of a record-breaking season where he broke Morten Anderson's record for field goals made and points scored during an NFL career.
He also helped the Colts become the third team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to make the playoffs after a 1-5 start.
After making the playoffs in 11 of his first 15 pro seasons, Vinatieri’s Colts failed to qualify four times in the next seven years, including three straight following a loss to the dreaded New England Patriots, Vinatieri’s former team, in the 2014 AFC championship game.
Twice during that span, the Colts changed general managers and coaches, and there were two major roster overhauls. Vinatieri survived both and is one of four active players left from Indy’s last playoff appearance.
Things didn’t look any better when the Colts were 1-5. But Vinatieri helped spur a historic midseason turnaround as the Colts won nine of their last 10 to claim the AFC’s final playoff spot by beating Tennessee and coach Mike Vrabel, one of Vinatieri’s ex-teammates.
Sadly, the Colts lost 13-31 to the Kansas City Chiefs, cutting their playoff run short.
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