GREENWOOD, I.N. (GoJacks.com) — Adam Vinatieri, who excelled at South Dakota State before becoming the National Football League’s all-time leading scorer, is one of four people selected Monday as a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
Created in 1988, the Academic All-America Hall of Fame recognizes former Academic All-Americans who received a college degree at least 10 years prior, have achieved lifetime success in their professional careers and are committed to philanthropic causes. The four Hall of Fame inductees will join the prestigious 158-member CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame and be recognized in a ceremony June 9 during the College Sports Information Directors of America’s virtual convention.
Vinatieri was a member of four Super Bowl-winning teams and is the NFL’s career scoring leader with 2,673 points, a total he racked up in 24 seasons. An undrafted free agent coming out of SDSU, he signed with the New England Patriots in 1996 after a one-year stint in the World League of American Football.
He went on to play in four Super Bowls with the Patriots, winning three, and kicked last-second, game-winning field goals in Super Bowl XXVI versus the St. Louis Rams and Super Bowl XXXVIII against Carolina. Vinatieri signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006, winning a fourth Super Bowl that same season.
A three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection, Vinatieri became the NFL’s all-time leading scorer in October 2018, when he passed Morten Andersen. His career total currently stands at 2,673 points, including an NFL-record 599 field goals. In all, he holds 15 NFL records – including several postseason standards.
At SDSU, Vinatieri earned NCAA Division II All-America recognition during his senior season in 1994, after setting the school’s single-season punting record with an average of 43.5 yards per attempt. He also established then-school records for career field goals (27), extra points (104), points by a kicker (195) and longest field goal (51 yards).
Vinatieri graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fitness and wellness, and was a 1994 CoSIDA Academic All-America selection. He is the first former Jackrabbit student-athlete to earn induction into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
Joining Vinatieri in this year’s induction class are:
Dr. Nicki Pesik (McDaniel College; volleyball/softball);
Dr. Myron Rolle (Florida State; football) and
Ann (Woods) Smith (Florida; gymnastics).
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