Adam Vinatieri is a four-time Super Bowl champion who has made some of the most memorable kicks in NFL history and he would like to get the chance to make a few more.
Vinatieri – the league's career scoring leader – told local television station FOX59 on Wednesday that he still hopes to return for his 25th NFL season at 47 years old.
"Before all of this, my thought was to get back and get healthy and if I can kick well, shoot, I figured I could earn a job," Vinatieri said.
"I knew with a six-month, June [timetable], it was going to be tight anyway. If anything, this is going to prolong my recovery."
Vinatieri is coming off the worst season of his career, as he missed a league-high 14 kicks – six extra points and eight field goals in 12 games before his season with the Indianapolis Colts was cut short by a left knee injury. He underwent surgery and had been hoping for a June return.
Vinatieri has 2,673 career points, ranks second all-time with 365 games played and would become the second-oldest player in NFL history to appear in a game if he plays next season.
George Blanda and Morton Anderson are the only players to have played after turning 47.
The Colts already have Chase McLaughlin, who replaced Vinatieri last season, and added Rodrigo Blankenship as an undrafted free agent on Wednesday.