Former Saints kicker Dempsey passes away from Coronavirus

Former Pro Bowl placekicker Tom Dempsey tragically passed away on Saturday following his bout with COVID-19.

The longtime kicker, who spent his first two NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints, was 79 years old.

Dempsey kicked 11 seasons for five different teams during his career, but his best season by far was his All-Pro rookie campaign in 1969. That season he kicked 22 field goals, including a season-high 55-yarder and drilled 33 of his 35 extra point attempts.

The following season, as a 23-year-old, Dempsey broke the league record with a 63-yard field goal as time expired in a 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Nov. 8, 1970.

The kick broke the previous record by seven yards and stood alone at the top of the record books until Jason Elam (1998), Sebastian Janikowski (2011) and David Akers (2012) matched it. Matt Prater of the Lions then broke the record with a 64-yard kick in 2013.

Dempsey also kicked for the Eagles, Rams, Oilers and Bills from 1971-79.

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