Former Saints Kicker Morten Andersen A Finalist For Hall Of Fame
NFL all-time leading scorer and long time New Orleans Saint kicker Morten Andersen is one of eighteen finalists for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Andersen is in his third year of eligibility for the HOF.
Last year, he was one of the fifteen finalists, but didn't make the cut down to ten.
Seven new Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on January 31rst.
"That’s for those 46 or 47 guys to figure out on Saturday before the Super Bowl. My work’s done,” Andersen told espn.com's Mike Triplett. “Regardless of whatever happens, it’s certainly been a great career for me, and I’m proud of that and grateful for all the people coaches that helped me along the way. It’s been a great journey.”
Anderson played 25 years in the NFL. Nicknamed the "The Great Dane", Andersen was a Denmark native and standout soccer star in high school.
He attended Michigan State on a football scholarship, earning All-American honors before being drafted in the 4th round of the '82 draft by the Saints.
In thirteen seasons with New Orleans, he was a six-time Pro Bowler, kicked 302 field goals, and scored 1318 points, the franchise record.
In 1995, he signed with the rival Atlanta Falcons, earning All-Pro honors in his first season, on his way to setting the Falcons all-time scoring mark (806 points).
Andersen also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, and Minnesota Vikings.
Upon his retirement in 2008, Andersen left the NFL as the all-time scoring leader (2,544 points) and most games played at 382. Both marks still stand today.