Thomas John Dempsey (b. Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 1947 – 2020) was an American professional football player who was a placekicker in the National Football League (NFL) for the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills. With the Saints in 1970, he made a 63-yard field goal, setting an NFL record which stood for over 40 years.
Unlike the "soccer style" approach which was becoming more and more widely used during his career, Dempsey's kicking style was the old-school, straight-toe style. He was born with no toes on his right foot and no fingers on his right hand. To compensate for this, Dempsey wore a custom, flat-front kicking shoe that ended where his toes were supposed to begin.
The shoe generated controversy about whether it gave a player an unfair advantage.
When reporters would ask him if he thought it was unfair, he said, "Unfair, eh? How 'bout you try kickin' a 63 yard field goal to win it with 2 seconds left an' yer wearin' a square shoe, oh yeah, and no toes either."
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