NFC South: New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame

The New Orleans Saints just announced a classy move. They have signed wide receiver Joe Horn to a contract so he officially can retire as a member of the Saints.

“Since he first arrived here in 2000, Joe made a significant impact on our team both on and off the field,” Saints owner Tom Benson said. “In addition to being one of the top players of all-time to wear a Saints uniform, he was always generous with his time to youth and those less fortunate in our community. I am proud that Joe will retire as a member of the New Orleans Saints family.”

Horn made it to four Pro Bowls in his seven seasons in New Orleans. He already has been elected into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame and will be formally inducted before one of this season’s home games.
Posted by's Pat Yasinskas

Now that he's been selected to the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame, there's a bigger question on the horizon for Morten Andersen: Does the kicker belong in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Let's change the scope on that a little more and make it: Does Andersen deserve to go in on the first ballot when he's eligible in 2013? (Remember that vote will take place in New Orleans during Super Bowl week).

I'll say yes. I'm the first to say kickers and punters should be held to a different standard. But you can make a pretty strong case that Anderson, who spent large chunks of his career with the Saints and Falcons, is the best kicker ever (he holds 12 NFL records). When a guy is the best ever at something, he should be in the Hall of Fame.

That's my take, anyway. Let's hear your call. Hit the comment section below or the mailbag.