Tom Dempsey Wiki
Thomas John Dempsey (January 12, 1947 – April 4, 2020) was an American football placekicker in the National Football League (NFL) for the New Orleans Saints (1969–1970), Philadelphia Eagles (1971–1974), Los Angeles Rams (1975–1976), Houston Oilers (1977) and Buffalo Bills (1978–1979). He attended high school at San Dieguito High School and played college football at Palomar College. Unlike the “soccer style” approach which was becoming more and more widely used during his career, Dempsey’s kicking style was the standard (of the day) straight-toe style. He died on April 4, 2020 from complications of coronavirus at the age of 73.
Tom Dempsey Died From Coronavirus
NFL legend Tom Dempsey, the most effective kicker known to a 63-property area target he kicked in 1970, died Saturday night in Louisiana immediately after a bout with coronavirus, NOLA.com claimed. Dempsey, who was 73, reportedly contracted the virus in March, although he was a resident of the Lambeth Dwelling retirement property in New Orleans, exactly where at least 15 patients died after remaining affected by the virus, according to reviews at NOLA.com and elsewhere
As of early Sunday, Louisiana had much more than 12,400 verified conditions of the virus, position No. 5 amongst U.S. states. The New Orleans area has recorded 153 deaths.
Tom Dempsey NFL Career
Dempsey is most widely known for kicking a 63-yard field goal as time expired to give the Saints a 19–17 win over the Detroit Lions on November 8, 1970 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. Prior to 1974, the goalposts in the NFL were on the goal lines instead of the end lines, and a missed field goal was treated the same as a punt: if it missed, it was a touchback unless it landed in the field of play and was returned. With time running out in the game, the Saints attempted a field goal with holder Joe Scarpati spotting at the Saints’ own 37-yard line. The snap from Jackie Burkett was good, and Dempsey nailed the field goal with a couple of feet to spare. The win was one of only two for the Saints in that dismal season. For many years, it was believed that Saints quarterback Billy Kilmer was the holder of that historic kick, but photos of that day, as well as radio and television calls, revealed that Scarpati was actually the holder.
With the kick, Dempsey broke Bert Rechichar’s NFL record for longest field goal by seven yards. That record was equaled by Jason Elam in 1998, Sebastian Janikowski in 2011, David Akers in 2012, Graham Gano in 2018, and Brett Maher in 2019. On December 8, 2013, Matt Prater topped Dempsey’s mark by hitting a 64-yard field goal.