Morten Andersen Inducted Into Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Former New Orleans Saints kicker Morten Andersen was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame last Saturday.
Joining Andersen in the 2013 is former Tulane and NFL tight end Rodney Holman, as well as former Newman High School head coach Tony Reginelli.
The Saints selected Andersen in the fourth round of the 1982 NFL Draft, after playing his college football at Michigan St.
The Copenhagen, Denmark native shared kicking duties with veteran Toni Fritsch in 1982, before holding the job down by himself for the next 12 years.
While a member of the Saints, from 1982-1994, Andersen set team records that he still holds today for career field goal attempts (389), career field goals made (302), most PAT’s attempted/made (418/412), and most points scored (1,318) while being named All-pro six times, as well as being named to the Pro Bowl seven times.
Andersen left the Saints following the 1994 season, but went on to kick for 12 more years, including eight with the Atlanta Falcons, two with the Kansas City Chiefs, and one season each with the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings.
Over his long career, Andersen set NFL records for most field goals attempted (709), field goals made (565), game played (382), and points scored (2.544), among others.
The 52-year old Andersen is the career scoring leader for both the Saints and Falcons, making him the only player to claim that mark for two different teams.
Andersen is also a member of the Saints Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the and Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Below, former Saints head coach talks about his regret of letting Andersen get away.