Morten Andersen, or a.k.a. ‘Mr. Automatic’ for the tenured Saints fans, has made the final cut for the 2014 Hall of Fame Ballot. The list started at 126 nominees, trimmed to 25 finalists, and now to the final 15.
Morten Andersen’s career began in 1982, when he was drafted in the 4th round (#86 Overall) of the 1982 Draft from Michigan State. 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 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 New York Giants (2001), Kansas City Chiefs (2002-2003), and Minnesota Vikings (2004). Andersen returned to the Falcons for 2006-2007, and would officially retire on December 8, 2008.
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 in NFL History since Tom Dempsey’s 63-yarder.
Andersen has a long list of accomplishments in his career. Some of the good ones:
- 6x All-Pro (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1995)
- NFL 1980′s All-Decade Team
- NFL 1990′s All-Decade Team
- Hall of Fames: New Orleans Saints, Louisiana Sports, Greater New Orleans, Michigan State Athletics
- 79.7% Career Accuracy (565/709) – Most Field Goals Made & Attempted
- 2,544 Career Points Scored
Andersen 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).
Football greats Jerome Bettis, Derrick Brooks, Tim Brown, Edward DeBartolo, Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, Marvin Harrison, Walter Jones, John Lynch, Andre Reed, Will Shields, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams are among the rest of the 2014 HOF Finalists.
The Hall of Fame Class will be announced on February 1, 2014.
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