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NEW COLTS WITNESS VINATIERI WORK HIS CRAFT

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 17, 2012 – 12:00 pm

About the only thing that kicker Adam Vinatieri and linebacker Jerrell Freeman have in common outside of being Colts teammates is their brief history of playing football outside of the United States.

Vinatieri played in Amsterdam in 1995 before embarking on a 17-year NFL career filled with 24 game-winning field goals.

Freeman spent the last three seasons playing in the Canadian Football League and now is beginning his journey from a little college to the NFL.

On Sunday, Freeman got to witness first hand Vinatieri in his element.

With the game on the line and the clock winding down, Freeman watched in awe as Vinatieri delivered the first ever NFL win Freeman has experienced.

“I was just talking to him and said, ‘Man, I’ve seen it on TV and now I just saw it in real life,’ Freeman said of Vinatieri’s game-winning kick.

“He’s been in this league for about 35-40 years so I’m glad I was able to see that and I’m definitely glad he’s on my team.”

Freeman and many of his Colts teammates tease Vinatieri about his longevity in the league but none will underestimate what No. 4 means to the team.

With three field goals on Sunday, Vinatieri now has 390 career field goals and has scored a point in 132 consecutive games.

Four years ago against the Vikings, Vinatieri drilled a 47-yard game-winning field goal giving the Colts their first win of the 2008 season.

He was once again up to his old tricks on Sunday and for many of the Colts, it was a chance to see a potential Hall-of-Famer at his best.

“I didn’t have to see that today to know that I have confidence in him, knowing that he has three (Super Bowl) rings doing what he does is enough,” outside linebacker Justin Hickman said.

“He’s the ice man. He’s got ice in his veins. I knew he was going to go out there and knock it down.”


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