Former Saints Kicker Tom Dempsey Dies at 73 From Coronavirus

The record-setting kicker had also been battling Alzheimer's

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
April 05, 2020 - 12:56 am

Tom Dempsey has died at 73.

As a New Orleans Saints kicker, he set a record for the NFL's longest field goal, a mark that would stand for decades. A one-time Pro Bowler and member of the Saints' Hall of Fame, Dempsey tested positive for the coronavirus last month. Dempsey's family announced his death Saturday, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The 11-year NFL vet was living at the Lambreth Retirement Home in New Orleans at the time of his death. He had also been battling Alzheimer's disease.

Dempsey kicked a record 63-yard field goal at Tulane Stadium in 1970. It was the longest ever at the time, though Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos later surpassed it with a 64-yarder in 2013.

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