Andersen’s story is unique.
The Great Dane was raised in Denmark where he was a gymnast, a long jumper, and a soccer player. The NFL was never in the back of his mind like most kids who end up in the league.
Morten visited America in 1977 where he kicked his first American football and received a lot of attention. He played one season in high school and that’s all it took for Michigan State to offer him a free ride.
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Andersen’s NFL career began in 1982 when the Saints drafted him up in the fourth round. It’s abnormal to be drafted as a kicker in the first seven rounds so clearly, he was special.
Morten spent a total of 13 seasons in New Orleans and eight seasons as a rival on the Atlanta Falcons. He was and still is the all-time leading kicker for both teams. Morten shared with Heavy.com which team he enjoyed playing for the most.
“Probably the Saints was my favorite because it was my first team. It was my formative years, I was young. I developed into a pro there. You know, single. I was in New Orleans. It was fast-paced. It was fun.”
After each season concluded, Andersen wouldn’t take off to a second home like the rest of his teammates, he stayed in the city and became more involved with the community.
“I always decided whichever team I am playing on or the city I am playing in, I stay there. I try to become involved in other things outside of football like charities or events.”
Sure it makes sense as to why Andersen’s favorite memories take place in New Orleans, but as a Falcons’ journalist and fan, it certainly hurts to hear. But after 13 years in the city who gave you your first job and where you tallied 1,318 points, I guess you have to keep them at No. 1.
To make Falcons fans feel better, Andersen did say he wished that the Raiders would have drafted him instead.
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