Tom Dempsey: Former New Orleans kicker dies from coronavirus

Former New Orleans kicker Tom Dempsey has died at the age of 73 after struggling with coronavirus complications.

Dempsey, who played in the NFL despite being born without toes on his kicking foot, tested positive for the disease just over a week ago.

He is best known for making a record 63-yard field goal against Detroit in November 1970 which stood as an NFL record for 43 years until the Broncos’ Matt Prater broke it with a 64-yarder in Denver in 2013.

In total, Dempsey spent 11 seasons in the NFL – his first two seasons with New Orleans (1969-70), the next four with Philadelphia, then two with the LA Rams, one with the Houston Oilers and the final two with Buffalo.

Dempsey then retired following the 1979 season, returning to New Orleans before being diagnosed with dementia in 2013.

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