It was announced yesterday that Morten Andersen (‘Mr. Automatic’ for most long-time Saints fans) is one of twenty-five finalists for the 2014 Hall of Fame Ballot. The list was narrowed down from 126 nominees to 25 finalists.
Andersen’s career began in 1982, when he was drafted in the 4th round (#86 Overall) of the 1982 Draft from Michigan State.
Andersen would play 12 seasons with the Saints, and was released after the 1994 season. Andersen would join the Atlanta Falcons, where he played from 1995-2000. He then bounced around a few spots, playing with the Giants (2001), Chiefs (2002-2003), and Vikings (2004). Andersen returned to the Falcons for 2006-2007, and would officially retire on December 8, 2008.
If you can believe it, Andersen’s career started off on the wrong foot, literally. On the opening kickoff of the 1982 season, Andersen twisted his ankle, and would be out for eight weeks.
Andersen was a 6x Pro Bowler with the Saints (7x overall), and booted a 60-yard field goal in 1991, which at the time was the second longest field goal since Tom Dempsey’s 63-yarder.
Among the other highlights for Andersen:
- 6x All-Pro (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1995)
- 2x Golden Toe Award (1986, 1995)
- 1998 NFC Champion (Super Bowl Appearance)
- NFL 1980′s All-Decade Team
- NFL 1990′s All-Decade Team
- New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame
- Multiple NFL Records
- 79.7% Career Accuracy (565/709)
- 2,544 Career Points Scored
Who Dat Nation should be extremely proud of Andersen, as he could become the 10th Saints player in franchise history to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. He would join (in descending order): Willie Roaf (2012), Rickey Jackson (2010), Hank Stram (2003), Tom Fears/Jim Finks (1995), Earl Campbell (1991), Mike Ditka (1988), Doug Atkins (1982), and Jim Taylor (1976)