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10. Morten Andersen

A soccer player as a teen in his native Denmark, Morten Andersen, came to the United States as part of an exchange program.  Just for kicks (pardon the pun), he tried kicking a football, and he was excellent at it and would play as a senior in High School.  It got him noticed by Michigan State, who gave him a scholarship. That led to him being drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the Fourth Round in 1986.

Andersen would emerge as one of the greatest Place Kickers in the history of the game.  A member of both the 1980s and 1990s All-Decade Team, Andersen was a six-time Pro Bowl Selection as a Saint, and he would also collect two First Team and two Second Team All-Pro Selections.  With New Orleans, Andersen accumulated 1,318 Points, a still-standing franchise record.

After he was released due to salary cap reasons, he played for another 12 seasons.  At the time of his retirement, Andersen was the all-time leader in Points and Field Goals, though Adam Vinatieri has since passed that.  Andersen would enter the Saints Ring of Honor in 2015 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017. 

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Place Kicker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 4th Round, 86th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/27/86.
  • Departed:

    Released after the 1994 Season.

  • Games Played: 196
  • Notable Statistics:

    389 Field Goals Attempted
    302 Field Goals Made
    77.6% Field Goal Percentage
    859 Extra Points Attempted
    849 Extra Points Made
    98.8 Extra Point Percentage
    318 Kickoffs*
    20,247 Kickoff Yards*
    56 Approximate Value

    *Kickoffs and Kickoff Yards were not official stats until 1991

  • Played For: New Orleans Saints
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1986 & 1987)
    Second Team All-Pro (1985 & 1992)
    Pro Bowl (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990 & 1992)
    Most Extra Points Made (2002 & 2003)
    Most Extra Points Attempted (2002 & 2003)
    Most Field Goals Made (1987)
    Most Field Goals Attempted (1987 & 1994)
    Highest Field Goal Percentage (1986)

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