Adam Vinatieri Needs to Retire

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Adam Vinatieri Needs to Retire

Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) applauds a military service announcement during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) applauds a military service announcement during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) applauds a military service announcement during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) applauds a military service announcement during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

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Ever wonder what it feels like to feel your heart ripped from your chest? Try watching the Colts game, attending a mandatory meeting for church, and finding out your beloved team blew a beautiful comeback story. It’s a pain I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Anyone who claims I’m overreacting doesn’t understand the importance sports plays in my life. 

First thing first, Adam “Vinny” Vinatieri needs to hang up the cleats. I don’t mean now or after the season; I mean like five years ago! It’s an embarrassment to the front office of the Colts. They couldn’t negotiate with Peyton Manning, the best quarterback of all time, on a possible extension. They were so concerned with his neck injury that they turned away from the face of the franchise. However, the Colts somehow allow an almost 50 year-old kicker to maintain a spot on the roster. Of course, he has proven himself clutch over the years, has a couple of super bowls, and is reliable at times, but if you’re a devoted fan, you’ve noticed him slipping. I have been ridiculed by other Colts fans because I said a couple years ago to drop him. Well, look how the tables have turned. The old man probably has knee pain when he wakes up, but he is still our kicker. He missed two field goals and an extra point, which would have kept us out of overtime and won us the game. It’s ironic seeing Andrew Luck retire while he’s in his prime but an old has-been who is” mentally wearing down” the fans of the Colts.

That being said, I believe the team has promise. Jacoby Brissett was thrown into the starting role and performed admirably. Marlon Mack had a stellar day, which might make the Colts have a legitimate running attack. The defense finally woke up in the second half and pressured the quarterback well. I have a better feeling about this season than I had coming into the game. The Chargers are a quality team that will make the playoffs, and the Colts almost beat them. I just hope as the season progresses, games won’t come down to field goal.

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