It was confirmed that this Saturday, died, the former kicker of the New Orleans Saints, Tom Dempsey because of the coronavirus. He was 73 years of age.
Having fought against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia since 2013, Dempsey tested positive for COVID-19 last month, and his family put him into care after his oxygen levels plummeted last Wednesday, according to the report NOLA.com.
Although dempsey was only two seasons with New Orleans, he achieved a field goal of 63 yards when there were two seconds on the clock by kicking with a right foot and without fingers and encased in a shoe modified.
That kick of field goal made the 8 of November of 1970, led the Saints to a win 19-17 over the Detroit Lions and became one of the most important moments of the NFL that lasted for generations.
His record was in the history until 2013, when Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos got a field goal of 64 yards.
There were 11 seasons in which he played in the NFL where he was part of five organizations, The Philadelphia Eagles it was his second team after the exit of the Saints and went with them for four seasons, then was with THE la Rams, Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills.
As a rookie with the Saints in 1969, Dempsey got his only honor in the Pro Bowl and Pro Bowl.