Historic Saints kicker Tom Dempsey dies after fight with coronavirus

Famed New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey dies from coronavirus

On November 8, 1970, Dempsey's basement-dwelling Saints were losing 17-16 to the playoff-bound Detroit Lions at home in Tulane Stadium. While only two came with the Saints, New Orleans was the place Dempsey considered home.

The Saints said, "The New Orleans Saints family is deeply saddened and heartbroken at this most hard time". The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, has another of Dempsey's specially made kicking shoes, but Dempsey wanted the mementos of the record-breaking kick to remain in New Orleans.

Born without fingers on his right hand and toes on his right foot, Dempsey played 11 seasons in the NFL. The record was broken by Broncos' Matt Prater, who kicked a 64-yard field goal in 2013.

At a time when NFL kickers were increasingly moving to soccer-style field goals and extra points - booting the ball with the laces of their shoes - Dempsey was a relic, preferring the old-school, straight-ahead style (which, for other kickers, meant kicking with their toes) that had dominated the early days of football.

According to a media reports, special teams coach Don Heinrich was heard barking, "Tell Stumpy to get ready to go in and kick a long one". Tom's life spoke directly to the power of the human spirit and exemplified his resolute determination to not allow setbacks to impede following his dreams and aspirations.

Following his four years in Philadelphia, Dempsey spent five more years in the league with the Rams, Oilers, and Bills.

"He exemplified the same fight and fortitude in recent years as he battled valiantly against illnesses but never wavered and kept his trademark sense of humour". The previous long before Dempsey's field goal was 56 yards. It sounded like "a loud bang" and he was mobbed immediately by his teammates.

Considering the time and circumstances, Dempsey's. According to NOLA.com, at least 15 residents at Lambeth House have died of coronavirus. Orlando McDaniel, who played three games for the Broncos in 1982, died last week at the age of 59.

"We didn't want him to think we had abandoned him", his daughter, Ashley, told the New Orleans Advocate. Louisiana Congressman F. Edward Hebert had an account of "The Kick" inserted into the Congressional Record.



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