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Tom Dempsey, a longtime NFL kicker who set a league record for longest kick that wasn’t eclipsed until 2013, has died after a battle with the coronavirus, his family told The New Orleans Times-Picayune/Advocate. He was 73.

Dempsey tested positive for COVID-19 last month following an outbreak at the senior center where he lived in New Orleans, according to his daughter Ashley Dempsey.

The article goes on to state the following:

Ashley Dempsey told The Times-Picayune/Advocate that her family was unable to be with her father — who had been battling Alzheimer’s disease and dementia — as his condition worsened because residents of the center he was in were in quarantine.

Since they couldn’t be with him in person, the family did video chats with Dempsey during his illness, the report stated.

Dempsey, who was born without toes on his right foot and without fingers on his right hand, was among at least 15 residents of the Lambeth House center who have died after battles with COVID-19.

Columnist Jeff Duncan paid tribute to Dempsey in a series of Twitter posts:

My thread on the great Tom Dempsey, who died Saturday after a battle with Covid-19 at the age of 73.

Dempsey’s 63-yard field goal to beat Detroit on Nov. 8, 1970 was one of the greatest feats in NFL history. The game-winner was not aided by altitude or atmospheric conditions. It came on a day with 60% humidity & a 9-mph crosswind. The record stood for an amazing 43 years.

Of the record, Dempsey once told me, “I don’t think about it every day. Chuck Knox always said, ‘He who lives in the past, dies in (expletive).’ It was a big time in my life, & I’m proud of it. But if that’s as good as I’m ever going to get in life, they might as well shoot me.”

A great story about that night from my book Tales from the Saints Sidelines….

The night of the historic kick, Dempsey and several teammates went to the French Quarter to celebrate. Their destination was Jimmy Moran’s popular La Louisiana restaurant on Iberville Street.

Naturally, Dempsey was feeling pretty good about himself and was the toast of the restaurant. What he didn’t know was that a group of his mischievous teammates were in the back room of the restaurant and had a joke up their sleeves.

One of them, Dave Parks, placed a call from the phone in the back and told the hostess that President Nixon was on the line and wanted to congratulate Mr. Dempsey on his wondrous feat. The wait staff brought a phone to the table and plugged it in.

Dempsey naturally was taken aback & immediately answered the call. “Tom is saying, ‘Yes, Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. President,’” said Joe Impastato, the waiter that night.

Then the voice on the other end told him, “The President doesn’t want to speak to you, you (expletive)!”

A chagrined Dempsey slammed down the phone. Dempsey told me years later: “I should have known the president didn’t have a Texas accent.”

R.I.P. to a Saints and NFL legend.

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