Dozens of young players can learn from Colts' Adam Vinatieri, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney
September 18, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Adam Vinatieri has been put in his place -- as the Indianapolis Colts' oldest player -- on more than one occasion.
Last week, the 39-year-old place-kicker passed a couple of offensive linemen in the hallway. One had just joined the team.
"I said, 'Hi,' to one of the other players," Vinatieri said. "As I walked past, I heard one of them go, 'Man, I thought he was one of the coaches.'
"Then he realized I was out there (at practice) with a jersey on."
On Monday, rookie quarterback Andrew Luck was asked his reaction to having a player of Vinatieri's stature seal his first NFL victory. Vinatieri's 53-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining delivered a 23-20 victory over Minnesota.
"I'm probably closer in age to his kids than him,'' Luck said, laughing.
The 23-year-old quarterback was spot on. Luck is 16 years younger than Vinatieri and 14 years older than Vinatieri's 9-year old son, A.J.
"Just to have him as a teammate is cool," Luck said.
The Colts' roster includes 15 players who are rookies or considered first-year players. Only Cleveland, with 16, has more.
Virtually every position teems with inexperience.