Tom Dempsey passed away Saturday due to Coronavirus, says his daughter
An NFL legend and New Orleans icon has died. Late last night, former New Orleans Saints Kicker Tom Dempsey passed away due to complications from the Coronavirus according to his daughter. Ashley Dempsey, Tom’s daughter, said that the former NFL legend had tested positive for Coronavirus last week.
Tom Dempsey played in the NFL for 11 seasons despite being born without toes on his kicking foot. He was a member of five different teams during his career: the Eagles, the Bills, the Houston Oilers, the Rams, and the Saints.
Dempsey’s most famous achievement came when he was with the New Orleans Saints, after he hit a 63-yard game-winning field goal on November 8th, 1970 to lift New Orleans over the Detroit Lions. That 63-yard field goal stood as an NFL record for 43 years. The record for the longest field goal in an NFL game was eventually broken by Matt Prater in 2013.
Although Dempsey tested positive for Coronavirus, the Orleans Parish Coroner has not yet released an official cause of death. Tom Dempsey was 73 years old.