There were so many back then. Morten Andersen will finally get the recognition he so deserves. Andersen will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Granted, Morten Andersen’s start didn’t exactly start off as Hall of Fame worthy. On his first kickoff, he twisted his ankle and missed the first eight weeks of the season. What came after though was simply historical.
Andersen came to the United States as an exchange student from Denmark. It all started when Andersen stepped onto Ben Davis High School’s practice field to start his journey. Former coach Bob Wilbur recalls. Wilbur’s son was the quarterback and the kicker at the time.
"“One of the players came running to me and said you gotta see this. And when we walked out, I think Morten was on the 40 or 50-yard line, and he put through the uprights sky high. And so my son never kicked again.”"
Andersen would go on and kick for Michigan St. after. The “Great Dane” will finally get to the place where he belongs. Likewise, The Pro Football Hall of Hame will induct its first full time kicker since 1991. Morten Andersen was simply the best. Andersen is the leading scorer in NFL history with 2,544 points. Furthermore, he was the only person to be picked to be in the all-decade team, in both the 1980s and 1990s.
Ironically, he also played for the Atlanta Falcons. Andersen kicked the Falcons into their first Super Bowl with a 38 yard field goal in overtime. Who Dat Nation knew, that when Andersen would step on the field, the game was over.
Andersen had this to say:
"“I’m really mindful that its never really a journey that you take by yourself. There’s so many people that help you along the way.”"
Morten will always be a fan favorite. Finally, there will be another pure kicker inducted soon. As a result, look for plenty of black and gold at Canton in August in the crowd.
Here is a small clip of Andersen accepting the “Saints Ring of Honor” speech.