Brandon McManus wasn’t even a teenager when Adam Vinatieri kicked his first game winning field goal at Super Bow XXXVI.
Now at the age of 21, McManus will be calling the 40-year old Vinatieri a teammate.
McManus was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent and while there might not seem like an immediate need for a placer kicker in Indianapolis, the tutelage under Vinatieri is invaluable.
“I’m definitely excited to come in and learn from (Vinatieri),” McManus said during the Colts rookie minicamp. “I think anyone that’s a young kicker now has watched him win all those Super Bowls and how clutch of a kicker he is.”
NFL kickers are largely measured on how clutch they are when the game is on the line and no one holds a stronger resume than Vintatieri.
He has 24 game winning field goals in his NFL career and it’s that aspect of the game that McManus also holds in the highest regard.
“That’s one part of my game that I like to try and drive around is being a clutch kicker,” McManus said. “I’m excited to learn the ropes of what it takes to be an NFL kicker.”
McManus comes to the Colts after four seasons as the kicker for Temple University.
He hit game-winning field goals three times for the Owls and leaves as the school’s all-time leader in points (338) field goals (60-of-83) and punting average (45.4).
Over the past few seasons, training camp has allowed for a few pressure packed situations for Colts kickers not named Vinatieri with the 18-year veteran resting his right leg.
Sooner or later Vinatieri’s career will eventually come to a close with a chapter saved for Canton, Ohio.
As of this past weekend, McManus hadn’t met Vinatieri but he didn’t need to turn far to look at No. 4’s locker and know what the man owning that space stands for in kicker’s lore.
“Anytime they got across the 50 (yard-line) in a end-of-game situation, you knew Adam was going to make the kick,” McManus said. “I think that’s a lot of trust that he’s grown through coaches and his team through that aspect.”
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