INDIANAPOLIS – Adam Vinatieri savored all those New England celebrations.
He made the two big field goals in the "Tuck Rule" playoff game and, of course, the two Super Bowl-winning kicks.
On Sunday, the longtime Patriots kicker will return to his former home, possibly for the final time.
"It's amazing," the 42-year-old Colts kicker said when asked about his career this week. "I could never have been more lucky. If I wrote it as a book, people would never believe it."
Believe it. The NFL's oldest player has played for three Super Bowl-winning coaches, three No. 1 overall draft picks and a three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. And as a undrafted rookie out of South Dakota State, Vinatieri actually ran down Dallas' Herschel Walker on a kickoff return.
Along the way, Vinatieri filled his résumé with other incredible feats.
The Yankton, S.D., native has four Super Bowl rings, is a perfect 6-0 on championship weekend as he makes his seventh appearance Sunday at New England.
Vinatieri also is the NFL's career postseason scoring leader (233 points), and this weekend, he will make history in Foxborough, Mass.
Assuming he plays, Vinatieri will surpass Jerry Rice for most postseason games (29) in a career. He also can break Tony Fritsch's record for most consecutive postseason games with a field goal (13), a mark that was set during the 1970s — so long ago that even the NFL's oldest player doesn't remember it.
A victory Sunday would send Vinatieri to another Super Bowl and give him a chance to tie Charles Haley for the most individual rings (five).
"A lot of guys never make the playoffs," said return specialist Josh Cribbs, a 10-year veteran who made his playoff debut Jan. 4. "For me, this is like a cherry on top of my career — just being in there.
"I've seen [Vinatieri] play in a lot of games and the Super Bowl, like it's nothing, like it's another day. I guess a guy like that, nothing can faze him."
Age hasn't slowed down Vinatieri, either.
This season, he scored 140 points and became the first player in league history to top 900 points with two different franchises. Vinatieri has missed only two kicks all season.
At the start of next year, he will need only eight points to break Mike Vanderjagt's franchise scoring record (995) and 12 points to top 1,000 points with two teams.
Not bad for a guy who once simply wanted to land a spot on the Patriots roster.
"I won't reminisce," Vinatieri said. "It will be business as usual."