Motivated and encouraged to play sports from a very young age, Adam Matthew Vinatieri is now enumerated as one of the most accomplished American placekickers the world has ever seen. He has currently signed a one-year contract extension with the Indianapolis Colts for the 2018 Football Season. Let’s find out more about Adam Vinatieri’s Net worth in 2018.
Adam Vinatieri Early Life
Adam Vinatieri was born to parents Judy and Paul Vinatieri on December 28, 1972 at Yankton, South Dakota. As a child, Adam was very well endowed with sports facilities and equipment, as his parents strongly supported his idea of becoming an athlete. At a very young age, Adam Vinatieri had started playing tennis, baseball and basketball. He even wrestled at times, but expressed much interest and devotion towards football. On being asked as to why he did not consider playing the same sport in a different role (i.e. goalkeeper, chaser etc.), he said that with his big body and height he could’ve only played from the back at High School, as the other players were not as big as he was. Although, his great grandfather was into music, his parents’ relentless agenda was sports.
Adam Vinatieri went to Central High School, Rapid City, South Dakota. He graduated from South Dakota State University. His college life went smooth, as he sailed through it winning quite a lot of accolades, including 185 career points.
Apart from that, it is known that Adam’s younger brother Beau Vinatieri also played as a placekicker when he was studying at Black Hills State University.
Adam Vinatieri’s Career, Awards & Achievement
Adam Vinatieri’s training for professional football started way back in 1995 just after his graduation. His career kick-started when he was taken in for a tryout session by the National Football League Europe (earlier known as World League of American Football). He secured a position with the “Amsterdam Admirals” as a placekicker and punter.
In his early years, Adam was signed as an undrafted free agent to play as a place kicker by the “Patriots”. During this time, he played four super bowls, out of which he won three.
In 2001 and 2003, Adam Vinatieri proved himself, when he played an integral role in winning the two Super Bowls. He was declared the first player ever to be the deciding factor in a Super Bowl game (two of them).
At the end of the 2005 final season of the “Patriots”, Adam Vinatieri had a career field goal of 81.9%, which ranks at number 5 in the history of NFL. Adam had scored approximately 18 game winning goals, which finally brought recognition for this unsung legend. He also appeared in advertisements for “Papa Gino’s”, a Boston based pizza outlet. Moreover, he acted as a spokesperson for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rode Island’s teen anti-smoking contest wherein he spoke about the perils of smoking.
In the year 2006, Adam Vinatieri signed a five-year contract with “Indianapolis” replacing Mike Vanderjagt for which he received $3.5 million, as a signing bonus.
Adam Vinatieri returned to his form in 2010 following an injury plagued hiatus. It was in 2010 that he won many accolades and noteworthy accomplishments.
From 2016 onwards, Adam Vinatieri has been playing with the “Colts”, which will continue till the 2018 season.
Awards and Achievements
Adam Vinatieri has been active all throughout his sports career. He has lasted long enough and is still playing. Here are some of the awards he has won over the years: –
• 4 times Super Bowl Champion
• 6 times AFC Champion
• 2002 and 2004 All Pro-Team Selection
• 1992, 1993,1994 All-Conference Selection
• First kicker on NFL top 100 list
Adam Vinatieri has also made a number of NFL records.
Net Worth of Adam Vinatieri
All the hard work and passion Adam Vinatieri put in his sport has contributed towards his major success and net worth. He has an estimated net worth of $13 million currently.
Adam Vinatieri has proved himself time and again with his incredible performances, which in their own turn have brought him several accolades. There are a number of records and awards under his name, all of which boil down to one thing- devotion. His passion and devotion along with the constant support from his family has made him what he is today.