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Adam Vinatieri

Next special-teamer a best bet for Canton? Vinatieri

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Who’s the next special teamer to get a bust?

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Who was the best NFL free agent ever signed?

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Bill Bates and Steve Tasker were two of the greatest special-teams aces in NFL history. Both retired in 1998. I asked them then what the toughest part of their job was and both gave me the same answer – convincing a new group of teammates each year that what they do on special teams is important.

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Adam Vinatieri owns four Super Bowl rings (three from the Patriots, one from the Colts) and set an NFL record by converting 44 consecutive field goals. He was voted to the 2000 NFL all-decade team.

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Billy “White Dhoes” was the only kick returner named to the NFL’s 75th anniversary team – and he’s also the only member of that 75th anniversary team not enshrined in Canton.

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With Morten Andersen’s Hall-of-Fame induction just three weeks away, the Talk of Fame Network ranks the top 10 kickers of all time.

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Drew Brees suffered a torn labrum in the 2005 season finale and the Chargers already had first-round draft pick Philip Rivers waiting in the wings at quarterback, so Brees left San Diego for New Orleans in free agency.

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Kurt Warner quarterbacked the Amsterdam Admirals of the World League before becoming a two-time NFL MVP, resurrecting two dormant franchises.

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NFL Europe developed champions, Pro Bowlers, all-decade players and NFL contributors.

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(Photo courtesy of Atlanta Falcons) Talk of Fame Network Football has become a game of specialists, and no two were ever better at their specialties than Hall-of-Fame kicker Jan Stenerud and the most dangerous return man in the NFL, Devin Hester. Both visit with Talk of Fame Network radio this weekend to discuss not only …

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