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It was among the most stubborn records in NFL history, set miraculously 43 years ago by a 23-year-old kid with no toes on his right foot, and then tied three times but never broken. On the second Sunday in November of 1970, Tom Dempsey kicked a 63-yard field goal, seven yards longer than anyone had previously made, to give the New Orleans Saints a 19-17 victory over the Detroit Lions. A guy his teammates lovingly called Stumpy (for not just his sawed-off kicking foot, but for his withered, fingerless right arm) celebrated by drinking Dixie Beer in the team's subterranean locker room at long-since-demolished Tulane Stadium. He hadn't known about the old record, and he sure didn't expect this one to last so long.