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Tom Dempsey

Tom Dempsey (1947–2020), legendary NFL placekicker

by Kirk Fox

Tom Dempsey was the legendary NFL placekicker whose 63-yard game winning field goal for the New Orleans Saints in 1970 was an NFL record for over 40 years.  

  • Died: Saturday, April 4, 2020. (Who else died on April 4?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 73, from complications of COVID-19.  
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Long time NFL record 

Dempsey kicked a 63-yard field goal on the last play of the game leading the Saints over the Detroit Lions 19-17 on November 8, 1970. The kick broke the previous record by 7 yards and was not broken until 2013 when Denver kicker Matt Prater hit a 64-yard field goal.  

His NFL Career 

Dempsey hit his record kick during his rookie season with the Saints. He moved around a lot, kicking for the Rams, Bills, Eagles, and Oilers, retiring after the 1979 season. Dempsey was one of the last of the straight on kickers before soccer style took over. He was born without toes on his right foot and kicked with a specially made shoe.  

Full Obituary: nola.com

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