The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 11. This marks the 14th time Vinatieri has earned the award in his career.
Last week, Vinatieri converted 3-of-3 field goals and three PATs for 12 points in the Colts 30-27 victory over the Tennessee Titans. In the third quarter, he split the uprights on a 50-yard field goal to give the Colts a 23-17 lead. The field goal tied his career-high for 50-yard field goals in a season (four in 2012) and marked the 20th of his career, which ranks tied for 19th in NFL history with Norm Johnson and Rian Lindell. With three extra point attempts, Vinatieri passed Lou Groza (657) for the sixth-most in NFL history.
Vinatieri increased his total to 791 career points scored with the Colts, which moved him past Dean Biasucci (783) for the second-most points scored in franchise history. He needs only nine more points to become the second player in NFL history to score 800 points with two different teams (Morten Anderson – Saints and Falcons).
Through 10 games this year, Vinatieri has converted 20-of-23 field goals (87.0%) and 22-of-22 PATs for 82 total points. He joins quarterback Andrew Luck as the second Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Week honors this season. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was the last Colts player to earn the award on special teams, when he did so in Week 12 of the 2012 campaign.
2013 Colts AFC Player of the Week Recipients
Week 7: Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Week
Week 11: Adam Vinatieri – AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
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