The New England Patriots have had some notable kickers over the years. Here are some of the top ones:
1. Adam Vinatieri: Vinatieri played for the Patriots from 1996-2005 and was a key contributor to the team's three Super Bowl championships during that time. He is perhaps best known for his game-winning field goals in Super Bowl XXXVI and XXXVIII. Vinatieri was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and is widely regarded as one of the greatest kickers in NFL history.
2. Stephen Gostkowski: Gostkowski played for the Patriots from 2006-2019 and is the team's all-time leading scorer with 1,775 points. He was a key member of the team during its run of three Super Bowl championships in four years from 2014-2018. Gostkowski is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and was named first-team All-Pro in 2008.
3. John Smith: Smith played for the Patriots from 1974-1983 and is the team's second all-time leading scorer with 1,008 points. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 1980 and helped the team reach the playoffs four times during his tenure.
4. Gino Cappelletti: Cappelletti played for the Patriots from 1960-1970 and was both a kicker and a wide receiver. He is the team's third all-time leading scorer with 1,130 points and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection. Cappelletti was also named the AFL's Player of the Year in 1964.
5. Tony Franklin: Franklin played for the Patriots from 1984-1987 and was known for his powerful leg. He set a team record with a 57-yard field goal in 1986 and was a key member of the team that reached Super Bowl XX in 1985.