Morten Andersen (born August 19, 1960), nicknamed the "Great Dane", is a Danish former American football kicker and All-American at Michigan State University. He is the all-time leader in games played in the NFL, with 382, the former all-time leading scorer as well as leading field goals in NFL history having had his record broken by Adam Vinatieri and, at retirement, the all-time leading scorer for two different rival teams; the New Orleans Saints, with whom he spent 13 seasons, and the Atlanta Falcons, with whom he spent a combined eight seasons.
He retired in 2008, after not playing for a team that season. Andersen was announced as a member of the 2017 induction class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at that year's NFL Honors. He is only the second exclusive placekicker inducted in the Hall of Fame, and the first since Jan Stenerud in 1991.
Andersen in 2010.
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|Born:||August 19, 1960|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school:||Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis|
|NFL Draft:||1982 / Round: 4 / Pick: 86|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Andersen was born in Copenhagen and raised in the west Jutland town of Struer, Denmark. As a student, he was a gymnast and a long jumper, and just missed becoming a member of the Danish junior national soccer team. He visited the United States in 1977 as a Youth For Understanding exchange student. He first kicked an American football on a whim at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. He was so impressive in his one season of high school football that he was given a scholarship to Michigan State University.
Andersen, with his left leg as his dominant kicking leg, starred at Michigan State, setting several records, including a Big Ten Conference record 63-yard field goal against Ohio State University. He was named an All-American in 1981. His success landed him the kicking job with the New Orleans Saints. On September 24, 2011, he was inducted into the Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Andersen's NFL career got off to a rocky start. On his first NFL kickoff to start the strike-shortened 1982 season, Andersen twisted his ankle and missed eight weeks of the season. Despite the early setback, he soon emerged as one of the strongest and most reliable placekickers in the NFL. In his years with the Saints, he was named to six Pro Bowls, kicked 302 field goals, and scored 1318 points. In 1991, against Chicago, Andersen kicked a 60-yard field goal, tying him with Steve Cox for the second-longest field goal in league history at the time, behind the 63-yard record-holder kicked by Tom Dempsey. (Andersen's kick has since been matched by Rob Bironas, Dan Carpenter and Greg Zuerlein, and surpassed by Sebastian Janikowski (twice), Jason Elam, Justin Tucker, Jay Feely, Matt Bryant, David Akers, Matt Prater, Jake Elliott, and Stephen Gostkowski.) Andersen's proficiency with field goal kicking earned him the nickname "Mr. Automatic." Following the 1994 season, he was released by the Saints for salary cap purposes and because his accuracy had started to decline.
Following his release by the Saints, Andersen signed with the Atlanta Falcons. He silenced those who felt him to be washed up and was once again named a Pro Bowler during his time in Atlanta. In December 1995 against the Saints, he became the first player in NFL history to kick three field goals of over 50 yards in a single game.
In Week 17 of the 1996 season, Andersen missed a 30-yard field goal that enabled the Jacksonville Jaguars to make the playoffs. Two years later, he kicked a game-winning field goal in overtime in the 1998 NFC Championship Game to beat the Minnesota Vikings and send the Falcons to their first-ever Super Bowl appearance.
There are a number of interesting coincidences between Andersen and former NFL placekicker Gary Anderson. Anderson and Andersen have nearly identical last names, were born within a year of one another outside the United States (Anderson was born in South Africa), came to the United States as teenagers, had long and successful NFL careers throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and hold first or second place in a number of NFL records for scoring, field goals, and longevity. Their overall accuracy is also nearly identical; their career percentage being within .5% of each other on both FGs and PATs. Also, Anderson missed a field goal in the 1998 NFC Championship Game for the Minnesota Vikings before Andersen kicked his winning kick, both from the same distance as well (38 yards).
Andersen went on to play with the New York Giants for the 2001 season, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs the following two seasons. In the 2004 offseason, Andersen was beaten out for the kicking job by rookie Lawrence Tynes. He was released by the Chiefs for the final roster cut, and was subsequently signed by the Vikings. Although his leg strength had declined greatly with age, he continued to prove himself accurate for field goals. Having not been signed by a team following the 2004 season, he became a free agent and did not play in 2005. He announced NFL Europe games in the 2005 season.
In January 2006, Andersen was inducted as the first member of the Danish American Football Federation Hall of Fame. Later that year, Andersen returned to the NFL, re-signing with the Atlanta Falcons; Andersen was brought in to help Michael Koenen, who was at the time performing double duty as punter and kicker (an extremely rare occurrence in the NFL) missing several field goals in that capacity, and Koenen reverted to strictly punting after Andersen's signing. His first game back was against his former team, the Saints, on Monday Night Football. The game was the first game in the Louisiana Superdome since Hurricane Katrina prevented its use for the entire 2005 regular season. Andersen scored the only Falcon points with a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter. In his second game back, Andersen made 5 of 5 field goals (matching his career best for the ninth time), as well as both extra point attempts. He was named NFC special teams player of the week, becoming the oldest player to earn the honor since the award was first introduced in 1984. He is the team record holder in points for the New Orleans Saints.
On December 16, 2006, Andersen passed Gary Anderson to become the all-time leading scorer in NFL history. The following weekend, December 24, 2006 Andersen again passed Anderson to become the NFL's career leader in field goals made.
On September 17, 2007, he again signed with the Falcons in an attempt to secure their unreliable kicking game. By the end of the regular season he had made 25 of 28 field goals (89.3%), the most accurate season of his career.
In the 2008 season, Andersen did not receive a contract offer from any team, but waited until December 8 to officially retire. Had he played on or after December 6, he would have been the oldest NFL player to play, breaking George Blanda's record.
On November 6, 2009, Andersen was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. On June 25, 2011, Andersen was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. On August 10, 2013, Andersen was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame. On December 21, 2015, he was inducted as the fourth member of the team's Ring of Honor. On February 4, 2017, it was announced that Andersen would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
|Regular season statistics|
|1982||New Orleans Saints (4–5)||8||2||5||40.0||0–0||0–0||1–1||1–3||0–1||45||0||6||6||100.0||12|
|1983||New Orleans Saints (8–8)||16||18||24||75.0||2–2||8–8||3–4||2–6||3–4||52||1||37||38||97.4||91|
|1984||New Orleans Saints (7–9)||16||20||27||74.1||0–0||9–9||4–4||5–11||2–3||53||1||34||34||100.0||94|
|1985||New Orleans Saints (5–11)||16||31||35||88.6||0–0||4–5||13–14||11–12||3–4||55||1||27||29||93.1||108|
|1986||New Orleans Saints (7–9)||16||26||30||86.7||1–1||11–11||6–7||6–6||2–5||53||0||30||30||100.0||120|
|1987||New Orleans Saints (12–3)||12||28||36||77.8||3–3||6–6||9–9||8–12||2–6||52||0||37||37||100.0||121|
|1988||New Orleans Saints (10–6)||16||26||36||72.2||1–1||11–12||8–11||5–8||1–4||51||1||32||33||97.0||110|
|1989||New Orleans Saints (9–7)||16||20||29||69.0||0–0||7–8||10–11||3–6||0–4||49||1||44||45||97.8||104|
|1990||New Orleans Saints (8–8)||16||21||27||77.8||0–0||5–5||5–6||8–12||3–4||52||1||29||29||100.0||92|
|1991||New Orleans Saints (11–5)||16||25||32||78.1||0–0||6–6||11–13||6–9||2–4||60||0||38||38||100.0||113|
|1992||New Orleans Saints (12–4)||16||29||34||85.3||0–0||10–10||8–10||8–11||3–3||52||0||33||34||97.1||120|
|1993||New Orleans Saints (8–8)||16||28||35||80.0||2–2||7–7||7–7||11–14||1–5||56||0||33||33||100.0||117|
|1994||New Orleans Saints (7–9)||16||28||39||71.8||0–0||9–9||11–14||8–10||0–6||48||3||32||32||100.0||116|
|1995||Atlanta Falcons (9–7)||16||31||37||83.8||1–1||8–8||11–11||3–8||8–9||59||2||29||30||96.7||122|
|1996||Atlanta Falcons (3–13)||16||22||29||75.9||0–0||5–5||9–11||7–8||1–5||54||1||31||31||100.0||97|
|1997||Atlanta Falcons (7–9)||16||23||27||85.2||1–1||10–10||7–7||3–6||2–3||55||0||35||35||100.0||104|
|1998||Atlanta Falcons (14–2)||16||23||28||82.1||0–1||8–9||7–7||6–9||2–2||53||2||51||52||98.1||120|
|1999||Atlanta Falcons (5–11)||16||15||21||71.4||1–1||5–5||5–8||4–6||0–1||49||1||34||34||100.0||79|
|2000||Atlanta Falcons (4–12)||16||25||31||80.6||0–0||6–6||6–7||11–15||2–3||51||0||23||23||100.0||98|
|2001||New York Giants (7–9)||16||23||28||82.1||0–0||8–8||7–8||6–7||2–5||51||0||29||30||96.7||98|
|2002||Kansas City Chiefs (8–8)||14||22||26||84.8||0–0||6–6||10–10||5–9||1–1||50||0||51||51||100.0||117|
|2003||Kansas City Chiefs (13–3)||16||16||20||80.0||0–0||3–3||8–8||5–8||0–1||49||1||58||59||98.3||106|
|2004||Minnesota Vikings (8–8)||16||18||22||81.8||1–1||8–8||5–7||4–6||0–0||48||0||45||45||100.0||99|
|2006||Atlanta Falcons (7–9)||14||20||23||87.0||0–0||7–8||6–6||7–8||0–1||45||1||27||27||100.0||87|
|2007||Atlanta Falcons (4–12)||14||25||28||89.3||0–0||9–9||12–12||4–7||0–0||47||1||24||24||100.0||99|
|Career (25 seasons)||382||565||709||79.7||13–14||176–181||189–213||147–217||40–84||60||18||849||859||98.8||2544|
At the end of his career Andersen held the following NFL records (as of 2009):
Team Scoring Records:
Pro Bowl records:
Andersen holds 2nd place in the following NFL records:
Andersen had stated that his goal was to be the first NFL player to play until he turned 50 in 2010. However, he retired just two days after he would have become the oldest player ever to appear in an NFL game, if he had played for a team at the time. The record held by George Blanda still stands – Blanda played in his last NFL game on January 4, 1976 (the 1975 AFC Championship) at the age of 48 years, 109 days.
| Career NFL points record holder
| Career NFL field goals made
| Career NFL field goal attempts
The 1980 Michigan State Spartans football team was an American football team that represented Michigan State University in the 1980 Big Ten Conference football season. The Spartans finished in ninth place in the Big Ten Conference (Big Ten), compiled a 3–8 overall record (2–6 against Big Ten opponents), and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 279 to 221. The team's .217 winning percentage was the worst in program history since the winless 1917 season. The team played its home games at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.
In January 1980, Michigan State hired Frank "Muddy" Waters as its new head football coach after Darryl Rogers resigned to take over as Arizona State's head coach. Waters had played for Michigan State from 1946 to 1949 and had been a head coach at Hillsdale College (1954–1973) and Saginaw Valley State (1975–1979).The team's statistical leaders included quarterback John Leister with 1,559 passing yards, Steve Smith with 667 rushing yards, Ted Jones with 568 receiving yards, and placekicker Morten Andersen with 57 points. Punter Ray Stachowicz was selected by both the Associated Press (AP) and the United Press International (UPI) as a first-team player on the 1980 All-Big Ten Conference football team. Several Michigan State players also ranked among the Big Ten leaders in various statistical categories, including the following:
Morten Andersen ranked third in the Big Ten with 12 field goals made and a 66.7 field goal percentage, and seventh with 56 points scored.
John Leister ranked fourth in the Big Ten with 247 pass attempts and 14 interceptions, and fifth with 1,559 passing yards and 1,658 total yards.
Thomas Morris ranked second with 185 punt return yards and third with 7.1 yards per punt return.
Steve Smith ranked fourth with nine touchdowns from scrimmage and sixth with 180 plays from scrimmage and 54 points scored.1981 Michigan State Spartans football team
The 1981 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1981 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second season under head coach Muddy Waters, the Spartans compiled a 5–6 overall record (4–5 against Big Ten opponents) and finished in a tie for sixth place in the Big Ten Conference.Four Spartans were recognized by the Associated Press (AP) and/or the United Press International (UPI) as first-team players on the 1981 All-Big Ten Conference football team: center Tom Piette (AP-2; UPI-1); linebacker Carl Banks (AP-2; UPI-1); defensive back James Burroughs (AP-2; UPI-1); and placekicker Morten Andersen (AP-1; UPI-1). Several Michigan State players ranked among the Big Ten leaders, including the following:
Placekicker Morten Andersen led the conference with 15 field goals made and a 75.0 field goal percentage.
Quarterback Bryan Clark ranked third in the conference with a 128.9 passing efficiency rating, fourth with a 53.4% pass completion percentage and seventh with 1,521 passing yards.
Running back Aaron Roberts ranked seventh in the conference with 4.9 yards per carry and 10th with 461 rushing yards.
Ted Jones ranked sixth in the conference with 44 receptions and ninth with 624 receiving yards.
Daryl Turner ranked eighth in the conference with 653 receiving yards.1983 New Orleans Saints season
The 1983 New Orleans Saints season was the team’s 17th as a member of the National Football League. They improved on their previous season’s output of 4–5, winning eight games. Despite the improvement, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the seventeenth consecutive season.
With an 8–7 record going into the final game of the season at the Superdome against the Los Angeles Rams, the Saints, with a win, would have finished with their first winning season and their first playoff berth. However, Rams kicker Mike Lansford kicked a 42-yard field goal with :06 left to defeat the Saints 26-24, and advance to the playoffs. Other than that field goal, the Rams did not score a single point on offense, instead scoring via a punt return for a touchdown, two interception returns for touchdowns, and a safety.
Two weeks earlier the Saints lost to the New England Patriots in shocking conditions with sleet and snow – with the only score being set up by Patriot Ricky Smith returning the initial kickoff to the 3-yard line. As of 2017, this game remains the most recent 7–0 result in NFL history, with only two games since seeing just one score, both a single field goal.Another damaging loss came on Monday Night Football in week 12, when the New York Jets rallied from a 14-point deficit by scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, capped off by a 76-yard punt return touchdown by Kirk Springs, to stun the Saints 31-28. The Saints had a chance to force overtime in the closing seconds, but Morten Andersen missed badly to the left on a 51-yard field goal attempt.1984 Atlanta Falcons season
The 1984 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise’s 19th season in the National Football League (NFL). The season saw Atlanta attempting to improve on its previous record of 7–9 from 1983. The Falcons would split their first six games, but then suffer a franchise-record 9-game losing streak to knock the team down to 3–12. The Falcons would win their finale against the Philadelphia Eagles and finish the season 4–12, their worst record since 1976.1989 New Orleans Saints season
The 1989 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 23rd season in the National Football League, and the 14th with home games at the Superdome. They failed to impove their 10-6 record from 1988 and instead finshing at 9-7, missing the playoffs for the second straight year.1993 Pro Bowl
The 1993 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 1992 season. The game was played on February 7, 1993, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was AFC — 23, NFC — 20. Steve Tasker of the Buffalo Bills was the game's MVP. This was the first Pro Bowl to go into overtime. All four starting linebackers of the New Orleans Saints, who were collectively nicknamed the Dome Patrol, were part of the NFC squad. The Dome Patrol consisted of Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, and Pat Swilling. The game's referee was Howard Roe.2001 New York Giants season
The 2001 New York Giants season was the franchise's 77th season in the National Football League. They were returning as Super Bowl runners-up from the 2000 season, after losing Super Bowl XXXV to the Baltimore Ravens. The Giants tried to improve on their 12-4 record from the previous year, instead they went 7–9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1999.2003 Denver Broncos season
The 2003 Denver Broncos season was the team's 44th year in professional football and its 34th with the National Football League.
After the departure of Brian Griese, who signed with his father's team, the Dolphins, the Broncos acquired Jake Plummer, who had been struggling in recent years with Arizona.
After two seasons of mediocrity, the Broncos rebounded with a 10-6 record. Denver's season ended with a 41-10 blowout to the Indianapolis Colts in the Wildcard round. Following the season, Clinton Portis was traded to the Washington Redskins, and Shannon Sharpe and Ed McCaffrey both retired.2006 Atlanta Falcons season
The 2006 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 41st in the National Football League (NFL). The team attempted to improve on their 8–8 record in 2005.
Falcons quarterback Michael Vick became the first quarterback in modern NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards, with 1,039. Running back Warrick Dunn rushed for 1,140 yards, making the 2006 Falcons only the fourth team in the history of the NFL and AFL (1920 - Present) to have two 1,000-yard rushers. The Falcons are, however, the only team to have multiple 1,000-yard rushers and finish the season with a losing record.
This was the end of the Michael Vick era in Atlanta as his dog fighting case led to his departure from the team the following season.2007 Atlanta Falcons season
The 2007 Atlanta Falcons season was the 42nd season for the franchise in the National Football League (NFL). They finished the 2007 season with a record of 4–12 and failed to improve upon their 7–9 record in 2006 after finishing third place in the NFC South.
The team attempted to overcome the controversy surrounding starting quarterback Michael Vick and his involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring. Bobby Petrino was hired to help develop Vick into a more complete quarterback, but with Vick's absence, journeyman quarterbacks Joey Harrington and Byron Leftwich were used to patch-in holes. Petrino's game plan didn't fit, both on the field and in the locker room, with veteran players Alge Crumpler and DeAngelo Hall voicing their displeasure.
Petrino later resigned just 13 games into the season to coach the Arkansas Razorbacks. Petrino resigned the day after Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison and also a day after Petrino coached the Falcons in a 34–14 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.Andreas Knappe
Andreas Emil Knappe (born June 2, 1991) is a Danish-born American football offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Connecticut. Knappe is the first Danish player in the NFL since kicker Morten Andersen.Danish American Football Federation
The Danish American Football Federation (DAFF; Danish: Dansk Amerikansk Fodbold Forbund) is an American football organization in Denmark. Its headquarters are located in Brøndby. DAFF organizes Denmark's national American football team, which competes in the International Federation of American Football.
Since 2000, DAFF has seen a huge increase in membership, influenced in by Danish television station TV2 Zulu broadcasts of National Football League (NFL) games on Sunday evenings. The sudden popularity of the sport in Denmark has been dubbed "the Zulu effect" after the name of the TV station. As of the 2007 season, Viasat obtained the rights to broadcast the NFL in Denmark on both 3+ and TV 2 Sport (Viasat owns 49 percent of TV 2 Sport).
The popularity of American football in Denmark can also be attributed to the nation's interest in the long career of Danish placekicker Morten Andersen, the NFL's all-time leader in points.De svarta riddarna
De svarta riddarna in Swedish or De svarte ridderne in Norwegian (in English The Black Knights; This series of novels has not been translated to English) is a 12-volume series of fantasy novels by Norwegian-Swedish author Margit Sandemo. It is the fourth of her long series of novels. The series begins when a 24-year-old man named Morten Andersen gets hurt badly and goes to the hospital. He expresses to his friend Unni his doubts that the accident he was in was not predestined and that he will die at his 25th birthday because of the curse which has been passed in his family.Morten Andersen (disambiguation)
Morten Andersen (born 1960) is a Danish-born former American football kicker.
Morten Andersen may also refer to:
Morten Andersen (painter) (born 1976), Danish painter
Morten Andersen (photographer), Danish fashion photographer
Morten Beck Andersen (born 1988), Danish football forward
Morten Bertolt Andersen (born 1984), Danish football midfielder
Morten Hedegaard Andersen (born 1972), Danish cricketerMorten Andersen (painter)
Morten Andersen (born 1976 in Aalborg, Denmark) is a contemporary artist with his own style developed through graffiti to "geometric expressionism" with reflections from cubism and futurism. Morten Andersen is a representative of the new "Urban art" and paints complicated geometric patterns entirely his own expression with lines stretched, colored, and angled with urban energies. Morten Andersen has educated himself through travels to Vietnam, China, France, Spain, Egypt and USA. He has exhibited throughout Europe, in USA and Abu Dhabi. In 2011 French Graffiti Art Magazine called him a prominent member of the one hundred contemporary artists to look out for.Morten Andersen (photographer)
Morten Andersen is a Danish model and fashion photographer. As a European model for Hugo Boss and Giorgio Armani, worked in numerous international campaigns. In the late 1980s, he moved to South America and began his career as a photojournalist.National Football League 1990s All-Decade Team
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Nordfyn is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region of Southern Denmark in Denmark. It covers an area of 451 km2 (174 sq mi) and a total population of 29,651 (2009).
On 1 January 2007 Nordfyn municipality was created as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007), consisting of the former municipalities of Bogense, Otterup and Søndersø.
It was originally planned that the new entity should have continued the existing name of Bogense municipality but a local referendum preferred the name Nordfyn and this decision was approved by the Danish Interior Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, in June 2006.Rasmus Andersen
Rasmus Morten Andersen (25 September 1861 – 28 February 1930) was a Danish sculptor. He is mainly known for his naturalistic portraits.
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|Division championships (7)|
|Conference championships (1)|
|League championships (1)|
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Italics denotes players who have been voted in but not yet inducted.