Add another hall of fame to the list of those enshrining Morten Andersen, longtime New Orleans Saints placekicker and one of the best at his position in NFL history.
Andersen, who spent 13 of his 25 years in the NFL with the Saints, will be inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday during a ceremony at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it was announced Monday. He finished his career as the all-time scoring leader for New Orleans and the NFL with 1,318 and 2,544 points, respectively, prior to playing his last game in 2007.
“This is a tremendous honor,” Andersen, in a statement, said of his induction into the hall of fame sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. “I know so well what the Saints mean to their loyal fan base, and the Sugar Bowl is such a prominent national sports organization.”
Andersen, a native of Denmark nicknamed “the Great Dane,” earned seven trips to the Pro Bowl and belonged to the NFL’s “All-Decade” teams for the 1980s and 1990s. While playing for the Saints from 1982 to 1994, he set team records with 302 field goals, 412 extra points and 196 games played.
Andersen, now 52, nailed 565, or 79.7 percent, of the 709 field goals he tried in his 382-game career. He scored more than 100 points in a season on nine occasions with New Orleans.
He holds league records for points, field goals made, field goals attempted and games played. His 849 extra points made and 859 extra points attempted rank second all-time in the NFL, and he set a league record by scoring in 360 consecutive games.
The Saints released Andersen ahead of the 1995 season. He subsequently played for the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings.
The Saints Hall of Fame inducted Andersen in 2009. In 2011, he joined the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the athletics hall of fame at Michigan State, where he played collegiately.
He was a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013, and many pundits believe he deserves to be in it.
“If you follow football at all, you’ve got to marvel at the career Morten has had,” ex-Saints coach Jim Mora said. “Not only should (he) 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.”
The Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame on Monday said more honorees will be announced each day this week.