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Morten Andersen named semifinalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Saints great is league's all-time leading scorer

Photos of Morten Andersen at the Lions vs Saints game on Monday, Dec. 21,2015. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. New Orleans Saints photos.

Former New Orleans Saints kicker Morten Andersen, the NFL's all-time leader in scoring (2,544 points) and games played (382), again has been named a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Andersen is among 26 semifinalists for the Class of 2017.

Andersen, a member of the Saints' Ring of Honor and an inductee in the Saints Hall of Fame, played for the franchise from 1982-94 and remains the team's all-time leader in games played (196) and scoring (1,318 points). He also is the all-time leading scorer for Atlanta (806 points), making him the only player in NFL history to lead two franchises in scoring.

A fourth-round pick (No. 86 overall) from Michigan State in 1982, Andersen held 21 NFL records when he retired in 2008. He made 302 of 389 field goals as a Saint, including a franchise-record 31 in 1985, and was named a member of the franchise's all-50th team this year.

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