Atlanta Falcons: Morten Andersen being inducted into Hall of Fame
Morten Andersen spent eight of his 25 years in the NFL kicking field goals for the Atlanta Falcons and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday
For a half century, placekicker Morten Andersen was a fixture in the NFL. He was one of the more reliable kickers of his era, and spent eight years of his career playing for the Atlanta Falcons. After nailing 565 career field goals — including a career long of 60 in 1991 while with the New Orleans Saints — the Danish-born kicker will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
His first stint with Atlanta started in1995, after spending 13 years with divisional rival New Orleans. After six years he ended up with the New York Giants for a year. Andersen spent the next few seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings before returning to Atlanta.
The Great-Dane finished the last two seasons of his career with the Falcons, before retiring in 2007. Despite being in his late 40’s, Andersen was still reliable during those two seasons. He had his two best seasons ever in terms of completion percentage hitting on 87 percent of his tries in 2006 and 89.3 percent in his final season.
Of course, his range hadn’t been tested much during that time either as he didn’t attempt a kick over 50-yards. Of course, when they did attempt kicks over that distance during that span, punter Michael Koenen would come on and attempt them.
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It was announced in February that he would be a part of this class, and recently honored on the field at the Hall of Fame game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals in Canton, Ohio.