In 22 seasons, he has won four Super Bowls (most all-time by a kicker) and suited up for 30 playoff games. Vinatieri is the second all-time scoring leader in NFL history with 2,487 points, behind only Morten Andersen's 2,544.
At age 45, don't expect the veteran to walk off the field any time soon.
"I love it as much today as I had when I started 23 years ago," Vinatieri told Colts.com writer Andrew Walker on Tuesday. "I'm not looking to hang them up anytime soon, unless something happens that needs to be that way."
The South Dakota State product went undrafted in 1996 after playing professionally for the World League of American Football's Amsterdam Admirals.
Last year, the Colts struggled to a 4-12 record with QB Andrew Luck missing the entire year due to injury. The kicker still finished the year 29-for-34 on field goal attempts (85.3 percent), just above his career average of 84.3 percent. Vinatieri comes into 2018 just 58 points away from passing Andresen for the scoring record, but is also looking for more team success.
"Obviously this all-time leading scorer thing I knew was out there and I thought, 'Man, if I stay healthy, I would like to reach that goal,'" Vinatieri admitted to Walker. "But for me, like I said before, more importantly if our team is a team that is a contender to continue to make playoffs and have a chance to play in another Super Bowl and stuff, that is a huge, huge driving factor for me.
"I wanted to play for a team that can win and I feel like Chris Ballard and hiring Frank [Reich], I talked to Frank a little bit as well, I think these two gentlemen can definitely turn this organization around so I'm happy and excited to sign with this team and to see where we can go with it.