Adam Vinatieri's game-winning kicks with the Patriots are the stuff of New England sports lore. Still, since he joined the rival Indianapolis Colts nine years ago, he gets a rather rude reception from Pats fans when the Colts come to Gillette Stadium.
"When I go back to New England it still holds a lot of special meaning for me," Vinatieri told Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger & Mazz from the Super Bowl. "I'm disappointed that sometimes they boo the crap out of me."
Vinatieri said his reception gets better with the passage of time.
"I think I get booed less each year now," he said. "I still feel like there's a strong connection with them. There's a lot of great memories there that will never go away."
Asked if he felt some satisfaction at continuing to play at such as high level, and winning another Super Bowl with the Colts, after the Patriots let him go, Vinatieri said "satisfaction" isn't the right word."
"I don't want to say satistfaction because it means I've got some animosity," he said. I have the utmost respect and love for Mr. [Robert] Kraft and coach [Bill] Belichick. I understand the Patriots philosophy. They let players go before they're used up."