Top 5 New Orleans Saints Placekickers Of All-Time
Who are the top 5 placekickers in the history of the New Orleans Saints?
Yesterday, we unveiled the five best punters in franchise history.
Today, we stay with special teams.
1)—MORTEN ANDERSEN—This is pretty easy, considering he’s somebody who held 21 NFL career records at the end of his 25-year career. A seven-time Pro Bowler, Andersen was named a member of the All-decade teams for both the 1970s and 1980s, and remains the all-time leading scorer for two different organizations, the Saints and the Atlanta Falcons. A native of Denmark, Andersen was selected by the Saints in the fourth round of the 1982 NFL Draft out of Michigan St. His career got off to a rough start, when he hurt his ankle on his first career kickoff, forcing him to miss eight weeks. Andersen came back to have a successful year, and career, kicking 302 field goals, while scoring 1,318 points. In 1991, against the Chicago Bears, Andersen kicked a 60-yard field goal, tying him with Steve Cox for the second-longest field goal in league history at the time, behind the 63-yard record-holder kicked by Tom Dempsey. Following the 1994 season, Andersen was released by the Saints, before signing with the Atlanta Falcons, where he kicked through 224 field goals. In 13 years with the Saints, Andersen converted on 302-of-389 field goal attempts, and 412-of-418 PAT’s, giving him a club record 1,018 total points. Andersen, who holds the NFL career record for the most games played (382), was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame in 2009.
2)—JOHN CARNEY—He spent 24 seasons in the NFL, including 8 with the Saints, over three different stints. Carney ranks second in franchise history in field goals made (168), PAT’s (264), and scoring (768).
3)—DOUG BRIEN—He kicked for the Saints for 6 season (1995-2000), hitting 82.6% of his field goals. Brien ranks third in franchise history in field goals made (123), PAT’s (144), and points scored (513).
4)—GARRETT HARTLEY—He kicked 6 seasons for the Saints (2008-2013). Hartley will forever be remembered by Saints fans for his postseason success. He made a 40-yard field goal in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game to send the Saints to their first Super Bowl, before he went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts in Super Bowl XLIV, with field goals of 46, 44, and 47 yards, becoming the first kicker in Super Bowl history to convert three field goals of 40 yards or more.
5)—CHARLIE DURKEE—The very first placekicker for the team, Durkee kicked 6 seasons for the Saints (1967-1972). He connected on 52 field goals during his time in New Orleans, which ranks 5th in franchise history.