PHOENIX — The NFL’s all-time leading scorer still has to buy his own tickets to Canton.
In his third year of eligibility, former New Orleans Saints kicker Morten Andersen once again did not receive enough votes for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Wide receiver Tim Brown, linebacker Junior Seau, running back Jerome Bettis, defensive end Charles Haley and guard Will Shields were selected for enshrinement Saturday.
Seniors nominee Mick Tingelhoff and contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf also got in.
Like last year, Andersen was among 15 finalists for the award. He was a semifinalist during his first year of eligibility. Andersen did not make the final 10 this year.
A 25-year veteran, Andersen played for the Saints from 1982-94. He then had stops with Atlanta, Kansas City, Minnesota and the New York Giants. He retired in 2007 at the age of 47.
Not only does Andersen lead the NFL in scoring (2,544 points), he also has the most field goals (565) in NFL history. Throughout his career, he mad 79.6 percent of his field goals, placing him 46th all-time.
Andersen made seven Pro Bowls and three times was a first-team All Pro. He was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s all-decade teams for the 1980s and 1990s.
It’s not an easy task for kickers to gain induction. Jan Stenerud, who was inducted in 1991, remains the only true kicker in the Hall.
Stenerud, who played from 1967-1985, made 66.8 percent of his kicks throughout his career and is 13th on the scoring list with 1,699 points. He was one of the first professional players to be used as a dedicated kicker.