Adam Vinatieri's Greatest Play Takes You Into Memorial Day Weekend. (Hint: It is Not a Kick)

May 29, 2021 487

BY: Jerry Thornton

A few fun Adam Vinatieri facts as he begins his five year wait for the Hall of Fame: He's the all time leader in points scored, postseason points scored and field goals. But wasn't drafted. His great-great grandfather Felix Vinatieri was an Italian immigrant who served as the bandleader for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry. Custer ordered his musicians back to camp rather than have them accompany his troops to Little Big Horn.

In the subsequent battle, forces of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho led by Crazy Horse and Chief Gall wiped out Custer's five companies, killing all 700 men. Meaning that if Custer had brought his band, we'd have no Adam Vinatieri.

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