Tom Dempsey passes away at 73


If you know the name Tom Dempsey, chances are you’re a Saints fan.

Unfortunately, this week, we’re hearing his name in association with the Coronavirus, as one of the latest victims of this deadly pandemic.

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On Saturday, Dempsey passed away at the age of 73 after contracting COVID-19 on March 25th.

Dempsey, who had been battling Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, since 2012 is best known for his record-setting 63-yard field goal in 1970.

That game-winning kick against the Detroit Lions broke the previous record by seven yards, a mark that stood for 28 years until it was tied by Jason Elam and later broken by Matt Prater and his 64-yard boot in 2013.

Despite playing just two seasons in New Orleans, Dempsey was beloved by Saints fans for overcoming all the odds as a man born without toes on his right kicking foot or fingers on his right hand.


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