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ADAM VINATIERI
As told to Amanda Cherrin
January 17, 2005
Patriots Kicker
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January 17, 2005

Adam Vinatieri

Patriots Kicker

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?ON GROWING UP A DOLPHINS FAN I didn't get to watch them much because in South Dakota we got the Broncos or the Vikings or the Chiefs games. But being a quarterback, I was a huge Dan Marino fan. Great arm, quick release. It seemed like every year the Dolphins were in the playoffs, even if they didn't always win the big game.

?ON HOW HE'LL SPEND THE OFF-SEASON AFTER PLAYING IN THE FEB. 13 PRO BOWL It's a contract year, so I don't know if I'll be back with the Patriots. We're just going to stay at our off-season home in Orlando and relax as much as we can before the baby comes. [Vinatieri's wife, Valerie, is due to deliver the couple's second child in the middle of April. Son A.J. is 18 months.] Then it's a lot of sleepless nights.

--As told to Amanda Cherrin

VINATIERI, 32, KICKED GAME-WINNING FIELD GOALS IN THE FINAL SECONDS OF SUPER BOWLS IN 2002 AND 2004. THE PATRIOTS HOST THE COLTS ON SUNDAY

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