Here is an excerpt from David Pevear's article, Viva Vinatieri.
Vinatieri's favorite book is "Atlas Shrugged" by the late novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand, whose epic belief in man as a heroic being obviously does not preclude 45 yards in a blizzard against the Raiders in the playoffs.
"The book's about commitment," Vinatieri told NFL.com's Vic Carucci last season. "Whatever you do and whatever you're going to put your name on, whatever you're going to sign as your work, do it to be proud of what you're doing. Do it the best you can and you'll never be disappointed. You'll never have to say, 'What if I had tried a little harder?'"
His teammates see Vinatieri putting this philosophy to practice every day and it provides them with a sense of comfort; just one less worry at this time of the season when kicking field goals seems to become a wild adventure for everyone but Vinatieri. (LowellSun.com, 01/12/05.)