Former New Orleans Saints kicker Morten Andersen has been named finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016, the Hall announced Thursday night.
Former Saints QB Ken Stabler is a Senior Finalist for the class.
Andersen has been a finalist the past two seasons. The Great Dane was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor this past season.
A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, Andersen, 6 feet 2, 218 pounds, was drafted in the fourth round by the Saints in 1982 out of Michigan State and spent 13 years in New Orleans (1982-94). He was named to six Pro Bowls as a member of the Saints (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1992). Only quarterback Drew Brees (eight) and Roaf (seven) have been selected to the Pro Bowl more often as Saints. Anderson led the Saints in scoring in 12 of his 13 seasons in New Orleans. He is the franchise's leader in games played (196), field goals (302), PATs (412) and scoring (1,318 points). Anderson made 77.6 percent of his field goal attempts (302 of 389) and scored at least 100 points nine times with New Orleans.
Overall in a 25-year career with five teams through the 2007 season, Andersen appeared in 382 games and is the NFL record holder for games played, points (2,544) and field goals (565). Overall, he converted 565-of-709 field goal attempts (79.7 percent) and 849-of-859 extra point attempts. Andersen's 40 field goals of 50-plus yards were the most in NFL history at the time of his retirement.
He received Associated Press first-team All-Pro recognition five times, four as a Saint, including twice with New Orleans in 1986 and 1987 as a first-team selection. In recognition of being one of the top kickers, he was a first-team member of both the 1980s and 1990s All-Decade Teams, as selected by members of the Hall of Fame selection committee. Andersen is also a member of the Saints Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 will be announced during "NFL Honors," a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on the eve of the Super Bowl from 9-11 p.m. (ET and PT) on CBS. "NFL Honors" will be taped earlier that evening at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco from 8-10 p.m. (ET) when the 2016 Hall of Fame class will be introduced for the first time. In addition, the NFL and The Associated Press will announce their annual accolades in this awards show with the winners on hand to accept their awards.
The Class of 2016 will be officially enshrined in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday, August 6 in Canton, Ohio as the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Annual Enshrinement Week.
The 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week included record crowds for the Enshrinement, NFL/Hall of Fame Game and Concert for Legends. Now, for the first time ever, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is offering fans the opportunity to guarantee tickets to the three biggest events of the Enshrinement Week through an exclusive Pre-sale Program. Fans can visit ProFootballHOF.com/tickets now and pay a nominal one-time ticket reservation fee to guarantee tickets to the 2016 events, or enter a random ticket lottery.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame also offers Official Fan Packages that provide fans with VIP experiences, premium seats, and parties with Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) during the 2016 Enshrinement Week. Official Fan Packages for the 2016 Enshrinement Week are on sale now at HOFExperiences.com.
Photos of Morten Andersen at the Lions vs Saints game on Monday, Dec. 21,2015. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. New Orleans Saints photos.