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.
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.