After a long and successful career, Father Time might have finally caught up to aging veteran Adam Vinatieri.
The 46-year-old kicker, who entered the day having converted a career-low 72.7% of his field goal attempts this season, missed a 45-yard try early that would have given the Indianapolis Colts the lead against the Denver Broncos.
Considering how brutal this season has been for him, this might be the end of the road. Even in the early seasons of his career, Vinatieri never struggled to this extent. Vinatieri has now missed four field goals and three extra points this season. He missed four field goals and one extra point through all of last year.
The longer he stays on the roster, the more he costs the Colts. Right now, they're trying to win in spite of him. He's leaving points out on the field week in and week out, which is simply unsustainable for a team vying for a playoff spot.
He may be a four-time Super Bowl winner and a three-time All-Pro, but he's certainly not playing like it anymore.
There would be absolutely no shame in the Hall of Famer calling it quits at any point this year. He stands out as one of the best clutch kickers in NFL history, and one poor season at the end of his 24-year career won't define him.
We're just surprised he didn't take the out clause earlier.