Actually, we have no hard evidence to back up that statement, but the Colts kicker continues to perform on the football field like a miracle man immune to the aging process. Vinatieri made all five of his field goal attempts against the Bears on Sunday and has converted his last 38 attempts, the third-longest streak in NFL history. As Reddit NFL pointed out, Vinatieri is now just five makes away from the league record.
Vinatieri's excellence was recognized with AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors Wednesday. Of his five makes against the Bears, two came from beyond 50 yards. Vinatieri has converted all five of his attempts from beyond 50 yards this season. Only three of his 13 makes this season have come from inside 40 yards. Not a lot of cheapies in the bunch.
As a reminder for the kids out there, Vinatieri went undrafted out of South Dakota State and started his career with the Patriots, where he clinched two Super Bowl wins with last-minute kicks. Roberto Aguayo, the Bucs rookie who went in the second round in this year's draft, was two years old when Vinatieri broke into the league under Bill Parcells. Aguayo has missed five more kicks (four field goals, one extra point) in eight fewer attempts than Vinatieri through five weeks.
What do we take from that? NFL teams should invest in more unheralded kickers out of the Dakotas.