The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October. This marks the fifth time he has earned the award in his career (October 1998, September 1999, November 2004, November 2015) and his second as a member of the Colts. Vinatieri’s five Special Teams Player of the Month Awards are tied for the most in NFL history with Jason Hanson, David Akers and John Carney.
Vinatieri converted all 12 field goal attempts and all 13 PATs for 49 points in the month of October. His 12 field goal conversions led the NFL and his 49 points ranked second.
In Week 4 against Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium, Vinatieri converted 2-of-2 field goals and three PATs for nine points.
Vinatieri tied his single-game career-high with five field goals made (also set on three other occasions) and added two PATs in a Week 5 victory over Chicago. He also tied his single-game career-high in points (17). With his successful kick from 53 yards in the second quarter, Vinatieri set a new Colts record for the most consecutive field goals made from 50-plus yards, which currently stands at nine. He also passed Gary Anderson for the second most field goals made from 20-29 yards in league history. Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance.
In Week 6 at Houston, Vinatieri made three field goals and two extra points for 11 points.
Vinatieri made history in a Week 7 win at Tennessee after converting 2-of-2 field goals and four extra points. He set a new NFL record for consecutive field goals made (43) after connecting on a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter.
In Week 8 vs. Kansas City, Vinatieri notched two PATs to bring his total points in October to 49.
Vinatieri is the first Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Month honors this season. Last year, he received AFC Special Teams Player of the Month in November. Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 5 of this season.
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