Tom Dempsey has died, according to a statement posted online on April. 4, 2020.
Former Eagles kicker Tom Dempsey has died from the coronavirus
He set an NFL record kicking a 63 yard field goal with Saints. That is now 1 yard short of the NFL record
Tom was born without toes on his right foot and fingers on his right hand and had an improbable career
We learned of the deceased through the following tribute posted on social media.,
Former New Orleans kicker Tom Dempsey died late Saturday while struggling with complications from coronavirus. https://t.co/wlA8IB5V70
— 98.7 Arizona Sports (@AZSports) April 5, 2020
Sad news from sports #Saints‘ legendary placekicker Tom Dempsey, who kicked a 63- yard FG despite being born with only half a right foot back in 1970’s, died late Saturday after a battle with coronavirus. He was 73. #RIP
— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) April 5, 2020
Sad news on Milwaukee native Tom Dempsey passing from Coronavirus. One of those memories from my childhood still burned in my mind. Record 63 yard field goal to beat Lions…with Joe Scarpati holding. https://t.co/DVmgqwtJzH
— dan needles (@dneedles12) April 5, 2020
Cause of Death.
We have no information at the moment on of caused death . This post will be updated as soon as we have that information.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
Alex Karras (71) talked about playing defense when the Saints tried to win with a 63-yard field goal by Tom Dempsey. He said they laughed when Dempsey made the attempt…for 62 and a half yards…the last half a yard wasn’t funny.
— Sea Tea Exotic 🐅 (@Tierno158) April 5, 2020
Tom Dempsey held NFL record for longest field goal (63 yds) for 40yrs. What made him so iconic? He was born w/o toes on his right foot, but went on2become one of NFL’s best kickers. He wore a small, flat shoe on his kicking foot that’s on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. https://t.co/T50OJTVHGL pic.twitter.com/37CEkrXWB8
— Kenny BooYah! (@KwikWarren) April 5, 2020