The Mighty Boot of Dempsey

With the Saints being the talk of the NFL, we got to thinking about what are some of the greatest moments in Saints history.  Certainly coming back to the Superdome after Katrina stands out in recent memory, but this moment by Tom Dempsey might be the winner.

Dempsey's 63 yard field goal is now tied for the longest field goal in NFL history. The Broncos Jason Elam also kicked a 63 yard fg on October 25, 1998 against the Jaguars.

Did you know that Tom Dempsey was born without toes on his right foot?  He kicked with a modified cleat as seen here.

At the time there was a debate on whether or not this type of cleat gave a kicker an unfair advantage.  In 1977 the NFL added a rule that unofficially became known as the "Tom Dempsey Rule."  It stated that "any shoe that is worn by a player with an artificial limb on his kicking leg must have a kicking surface that conforms to that of a normal kicking shoe."

But back to the matter at hand, is Dempsey's kick the greatest moment in Saints history?  Let us know what you think.

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11/19/2009 3:52:33 PM

Do you have any more info on this?

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