I regret having to update my report of March 30 on Tom Demsey battling COVID-19, that he has lost his battle to the coronavirus today at age 73 in New Orleans.
Tom Dempsey spent just two seasons with the Saints, but he became a New Orleans and NFL legend on Nov. 8, 1970, when he connected on a 63-yard field goal that gave the Saints a victory over the Detroit Lions.
It wasn’t equaled until 1998, and it wasn’t surpassed until Broncos kicker Matt Prater booted a 64-yarder in Denver in 2013.
Dempsey definitely is deserving of the Hall of Fame, throughout his amazing career of a decade as an NFL Kicker. Dempsey played for the Saints, Eagles, Rams, Oilers, and Bills. Was selected to the 1969 Pro Bowl, and is in the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. Will he be heading to Canton?
Dempsey made an amazing 252/282 PAT’s, for an 89.4% clip in his career. He also made 159/258 Field Goals for a near 62% clip.
Dempsey is still is in the top 5 in NFL history for longest kicks made. With the kick, Dempsey broke Bert Rechichar‘s NFL record for longest field goal by seven yards. His record was tied three times—by Jason Elam in 1998, Sebastian Janikowski in 2011 and David Akers in 2012—before it was broken on December 8, 2013, by Matt Prater who hit a 64-yard field goal. Dempsey’s kick along with Graham Gano‘s 63-yarder in 2018 are the longest field goals to win a game on its final play in NFL history.
Our condolences to Ashley, his daughter, and all the family and friends.