Tom Dempsey The Legendary Kicker Dies Of Coronavirus
Tom Dempsey died Sunday at the age of 73 years because of the coronavirus , according to information provided by his family to NOLA.com, the digital page of the local newspaper ‘The Times-Picayune ‘.
Tom Dempsey wrote his name in the history of the National Football League (NFL) by scoring a 63-yard field goal in 1970 despite being born fingerless on the right foot, which was the one he hit with. to the ball .
According to Tom Dempsey’s family, who was at the Lambeth House nursing home in New Orleans, where more than 50 people have been infected with the coronavirus , the former kicker suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
Tom Dempsey made his legendary 63-yard field goal at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans when the Saints came from behind and beat the Detroit Lions 19-17 in the closing seconds of the game.
It became the longest kick in NFL history in 28 years , until the Denver Broncos’ Jason Elam equaled it in 1998 . Matt Prater, also of the Broncos, broke the record with a 64-yard rush in 2013 .
The modified shoe Tom Dempsey kicked is found in theProfessional Soccer Hall of Fame in an exhibition that chronicles the first century of professional soccer.
Tom Dempsey is most widely known for kicking a 63-yard field goal as time expired to give the Saints a 19–17 win over the Detroit Lions on November 8, 1970 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans .Prior to 1974, the goal posts in the NFL were on the goal lines instead of the end lines, and a missed field goal was treated the same as a punt:if it missed, it was a touchbac unless it landed in the field of play and was returned. With time running out in the game, the Saints attempted a field goal with holder Joe Scarpati spotting at the Saints’ own 37-yard line. The snap from Jackie Burkett was good, and Dempsey nailed the field goal with a couple of feet to spare. The win was one of only two for the Saints in that dismal season.
With the kick, Tom Dempsey broke Bert Rechichar’s NFL record for longest field goal by seven yards. That record was equaled by Jason Elam in 1998, Sebastian Janikowski in 2011, David Akers in 2012, Graham Gano in 2018, and Brett Maher in 2019. On December 8, 2013, Matt Prater topped Dempsey’s mark by hitting a 64-yard field goal. Dempsey’s kick, which won the game as time expired at the end of the 4th quarter, is still the longest “walk-off” field goal.