The Daily Retro Pic: Tom Dempsey Kicks a Record 63-Yard Field Goal

The Daily Retro Pic: Tom Dempsey Kicks a Record 63-Yard Field Goal

With Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater breaking the all-time record by kicking a 64-yard field goal this past Sunday, what better time to look back at Tom Dempsey’s 63-yarder which was a record at the time. Dempsey kicked it in the final two seconds to give the New Orleans Saints a 19–17 win over the Detroit Lions on November 8, 1970 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. Unlike the “soccer style” approach used by all NFL kickers today, Dempsey used a straight approach which was the main style used to kick the ball during that era. Keep in mind, too, that Dempsey was born without toes on his right foot (and no fingers on his right hand). He wore a modified shoe with a flattened and enlarged toe surface (see a closeup of the shoe below). Dempsey, 66, who resides in New Orleans, recently revealed he is suffering from dementia.

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