Tom Dempsey

Tom Dempsey

Birth
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 4 Apr 2020 (aged 73)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 208724299 · View Source
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Professional Football Player. For eleven seasons (1969 to 1979), he played at the kicker position in the National Football League with the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills. In 1970, Dempsey set a then NFL record when he kicked a 63 yard field goal. The feat stood for more then two decades. Born Thomas John Dempsey (without toes on his right foot and fingers on his right hand), he was raised in California where he attended San Dieguito High School. In spite of his handicaps, he excelled in wrestling and football. He enrolled at Palomar College where he played collegiate football, initially as a defensive lineman, before transitioning to kicker. Signed as a non drafted player by the New Orleans Saints, his impact on the league was immediate as he achieved both Pro-Bowl and All-Pro honors in 1969. On November 8, 1970 in the New Orleans Saints' home field Tulane Stadium, Dempsey kicked his record setting 63 yard field goal (surpassing Baltimore Colts Bert Rechichar's 56 yard field set in 1953) against the Detroit Lions to give New Orleans a 19-17 victory in the game's closing seconds. Several players have since tied Dempsey's record and in 2013 Detroit Lions' kicker Matt Prater broke the record with his 64 yard field goal. In 127 career regular season games, Dempsey retired with a 61.6 Field Goal Percentage. In 1989, he was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. He had battled dementia in his final years.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Added: 5 Apr 2020
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