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NFL kicking ‘legend’ goes into San Dieguito Hall of Fame

NFL kicking ‘legend’ goes into San Dieguito Hall of Fame

Encinitas’ hometown hero Tom Dempsey was inducted into the San Dieguito High School Academy Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 14 with a ceremony at the school’s bell tower.

Dempsey, who graduated San Dieguito in 1964, is a former NFL kicker who, in 1970, set the record for the longest field goal in the league with a 63-yarder as a New Orleans Saint. The mark stood for 43 years until it was finally broken, by one yard, in 2013.

“It was broken by one yard in the Mile High City of Denver,” said Bill Sullivan, Dempsey’s best friend from the class of ’64. “Tom’s kick, at sea level, in the rough, torn-up field in Tulane Stadium was truly one of the greatest athletic accomplishments of...

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