Vinatieri began his NFL career in 1996 as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots. He won three Super Bowls with the Patriots in his time there and made a game-winning kicks to twice deliver New England a Lombardi Trophy.
The Yankton, S.D. native was a three-time first-team All-Pro (2002, 2004, 2014). In 2018, he set another NFL record when he made a 53-yard field goal against the Tennessee Titans, becoming the oldest player in league history to make a 50+ yard kick.