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Adam Vinatieri has new appreciation for New England fans after Thursday

Ryan Hannable
October 05, 2018 - 9:18 am
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FOXBORO -- At 45 years old, Thursday's game at Gillette Stadium could have been the last in New England for Adam Vinatieri.

The Colts kicker was 1-for-2 on field goals, connecting from 54 yards out, but he also missed from 38 earlier in the game. On the miss, he moved into second all-time in field goal attempts with 673.

Speaking after the the game, Vinatieri spoke of this memories with the Patriots and the special feeling he got walking off the field.

"This is a special place and it always will be," he said to reporters. "It’s a special place and it’s got a lot of nostalgia for me, obviously. It’s a fun place to play. The fans are wild and crazy and it’s a hard place to win if you’re an opposing team. We just didn’t play well enough obviously. Walking off the field it was kind of a neat feeling. It was pretty cool [the ovation he received walking off the field], it really was, and I appreciate that. A lot of the fans were pointing up at the banners and stuff like that. It was pretty cool. It will always hold a special place in my heart for the 10 years I spent here with such a great team and organization and great fans.

"It was neat. I only heard one person say, ‘You suck’ then another guy said, ‘No you don’t Vini, we love you!’ In years past they were more brutal on me but lately they’re just nice to me so it’s good stuff.”

Amazingly, this is 13th season in Indianapolis after spending 10 in New England.

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