Sports History/November 8: Deformed-Foot Kicker Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints Hits Record Breaking Field Goal Against Detroit Lions
Written by Jim Bankes   
Sunday, 07 November 2010 19:23

Nov. 8: Dempsey's 63-Yarder


The courageous and determined kicker of the New Orleans Saints.

November 8, 1970: Tom Dempsey Kicked a Record 63-Yard Field Goal


Dempsey began kicking at Palomar junior college in California and joined the Saints in 1969. Despite the sawed-off, custom-made $200 shoe for his deformed foot (missing half), his 1970 season had been poor, with only five field goals made in 15 attempts.

With just two seconds left in the game and the Detroit Lions leading 17-16,the crowd at Tulane Stadium became very quiet as the Saints lined up for field goal from their own 37-yard line.

In the huddle, Dempsey said, “Guys, this is going to be a long one, so give me an extra second of blocking.

Bingo … straight through the uprights and the fans went wild as the game ended New Orleans 19, Detroit 17.

Dempsey’s kick eclipsed the old mark of 56 yards held by Bert Rechichar of the Baltimore Colts. Jason Elam of the Denver Broncos tied his record in 1998.

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