Tiki Barber Forgot He Played With Morten Andersen

Big Ten Tales: Kicking it with Morten Andersen

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Vargas: Morten Andersen, not a Hall of Famer? That’s a kick in the teeth

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The two are among a list of 126 modern-era nominees. The list will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November, then 15 in early January. The Class of 2014 then will be picked on Feb. 1 from the list of the 15 modern-era finalists plus the two senior nominees (punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey, who were selected last month by the Hall of Fames Senior Selection Committee). Andersen, who played for the Saints from 1982-94 and is the franchise all-time leading scorer with 1,318 points, finished with 2,544 points. He also is the all-time leading scorer for the Atlanta Falcons, for whom he played eight seasons. Andersen was a seven-time Pro Bowler, a six-time All-Pro and a member of the NFL All-Decade team in the 1980s and 1990s. He made 565 of 709 career field-goal attempts and kicked 302 field goals as a Saint.

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And the Sugar Bowl is such a prominent national sports organization. They do so much good for the local community with their many charitable endeavors. I’ve tried to conduct myself in a similar way both as a player and as a servant to others.” Andersens induction will happen Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. “If you follow football at all, you’ve got to marvel at the career Morten has had,” said former Saints coach Jim Mora, who coached Andersen in New Orleans from 1986 through 1994 said. “Good kickers can make the 50-yarders in practice and in pregame warm-ups, but the great kickers are the ones who can put it through the uprights with the game on the line. Not only should Morten Andersen go down as the greatest kicker in NFL history, but he should go down as one of the great players in National Football League history. I really believe that.” The Hall of Fame says additional honorees will be announced each day this week.

Atlanta Falcons: Morten Andersen is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Curtis Compton / AJC  Falcons kicker Morten Andersen (5) pumps his fist after making a long field goal attempt for a 26-16 lead during fourth quarter as Texans cornerback Jamar Fletcher (21) walks off the field dejected.

Do you think the drill actually helped you in the kicking game? Andersen: Several offensive linemen did do it, and as funny as it was to watch them, it was also kind of dangerous, so the coaches told them to stop. But, the drill itself really does help. It sounds crazy, but it does have some validity to it. It helps with stability, which is a huge aspect in the kicking game. In fact, we started a trend there as it carried over to the NFL after that. I remember telling my coaches about it when I played with Atlanta and they laughed at me at first, but then they got into it. It began to catch on a little bit after that. Ask any kicker about the drill and they have probably heard of it. BTN.com: It sounds like you had some good times during your years at Michigan State.

Morten Andersen to be inducted into Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fames Selection Committee chose the 27 semifinalists from the previously announced list of 127 preliminary nominees. The list of semifinalists is typically limited to 25 names, but this year there are 27 resulting from a three-person tie for the final position. The Hall of Fames By-laws provides that the list shall consist of twenty-five nominees plus all ties. In addition to the six first-year eligible nominees, one other previously eligible candidate, cornerback Albert Lewis has made it to the semifinalist list for the first time. Each of the remaining 20 nominees on the Selection Committees list has been a semifinalist at least once prior to this year. The complete list of modern-era semifinalists is as follows: Larry Allen, G/T 1994-2005 Dallas Cowboys, 2006-07 San Francisco 49ers Morten Andersen, K 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings Steve Atwater, S 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets Jerome Bettis, RB 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers Tim Brown, WR/KR 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cris Carter, WR 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins Don Coryell, Coach 1973-77 St.

Atlanta Falcons playoff rewind: Morten Andersen relives ‘The kick’

Kicker Morten Andersen makes the game-winning kick in the 1999 NFC Championship Game, sending the Falcons to Super Bowl XXXIII (Getty Images)

Some Falcons players were on their knees, hands clasped in prayer. Others looked to the sky or held hands in a chain. Morten Andersen, the guy who actually had to attempt the kick that could send the Falcons to their first Super Bowl, was not among them. Im looking at them like, I dont think these guys think Im going to make it, Andersen said with a laugh. To me, it was a foregone conclusion. I had no anxiety at all.

Morten Andersen, Sam Mills in group of players being considered for Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Andersen, now 52, will be inducted into the Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday. He already has been inducted into three other halls: the Saints Hall of Fame in 2009 and both the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the athletics hall at Michigan State, where he played in college, in 2011. Thats all fine, but where Andersen belongs immediately is in Canton, Ohio. Theres no reason to make the Great Dane wait beyond next year. The native of Denmark spent 13 seasons with the Saints, eight with the rival Atlanta Falcons and a total of 25 in the NFL. His last season in the league was in 2007. He entered the NFL about a decade before the Internet was mainstream, and he appeared in his last game more than three years after Facebook was launched. Andersen is the all-time leading scorer for the Saints (1,318 points), the Falcons (806) and the NFL (2,544). No one has ever made more field goals (565), attempted more of them (709), played in more games (382) or scored in more consecutive games (360) than Andersen not even Jan Stenerud, who became the first pure place-kicker to be enshrined in 1991, his first year of eligibility.

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