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Tom Dempsey

Born: Jan 12, 1941

Birthplace: Milwaukee

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

Tom Dempsey

Date of Birth : Jan 12, 1941
Birth Place : Milwaukee

Thomas John Dempsey is a former American football placekicker in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills. He attended high school at San Dieguito High School and played college football at Palomar College. Unlike the "soccer style" approach which was becoming more and more widely used during his career, Dempsey's kicking style was the standard straight-toe style. Dempsey is most widely known for kicking a 63-yard field goal as time expired to give the Saints a 19–17 win over the Detroit Lions on November 8, 1970 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. Prior to 1974 the goal posts in the NFL were on the goal lines instead of the end lines. With time running out in the game, the Saints attempted a field goal with holder Joe Scarpati spotting at the Saints' own 37-yard line. The snap from Jackie Burkett was good, and Dempsey nailed the field goal with a couple of feet to spare. The win was one of only two for the Saints in that dismal season. With the kick, Dempsey broke Bert Rechichar's NFL record for longest field goal by seven yards.


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