Morten Andersen a Hall finalist

January, 9, 2014
Jan 9
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Former Atlanta Falcons kicker Morten Andersen was named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.

Andersen was a seven-time Pro Bowler, a six-time All-Pro and a member of the NFL all-decade team in the 1980s and 1990s. He is the NFL's all-time leading scorer with 2,544 points.

Andersen had two stints with the Falcons from 1995-2000 and 2006-07. He was the kicker on the 1998 Super Bowl team that lost to the Denver Broncos, 34-19.

The fact that kickers rarely make the Hall of Fame could work against Andersen, but his production and longevity speaks volumes. He played 25 seasons, including his first 13 with the New Orleans Saints and eight with the Falcons. His final season was 2007 in Atlanta.

Only three placekickers have been inducted: George Blanda (also a quarterback), Lou Groza (also a tackle), and Jan Stenerud.

The Class of 2014 will be selected Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl. The class will officially be enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 2, in Canton, Ohio, as the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Annual Enshrinement Festival Celebration.

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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