Atlanta Falcons: Morten Andersen is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame

 Curtis Compton / AJC  Falcons kicker Morten Andersen (5) pumps his fist after making a long field goal attempt for a 26-16 lead during fourth quarter as Texans cornerback Jamar Fletcher (21) walks off the field dejected.

Curtis Compton / AJC Falcons kicker Morten Andersen (5) pumps his fist after making a long field goal attempt for a 26-16 lead during fourth quarter as Texans cornerback Jamar Fletcher (21) walks off the field dejected.

Kicker Morten Andersen, who made the field goal to send the Falcons to their only Super Bowl, was among the 27 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.

He was in a group of six first-year eligible candidates that included: guard/tackle Larry Allen, safety John Lynch, tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, and defensive end Michael Strahan.

On Jan. 17, 1999, Andersen booted a 38-yard field goal to give the Falcons a 30-27 victory over Minnesota in the NFC championship game. The kick sent the franchise to it’s first, and only, trip to the Super Bowl.

Andersen, who made the Pro Bowl seven times, is the NFL’s all-time leading scoring with 2,544 points.

George Blanda, Lou “The Toe” Groza and Jan Stenerud are the only kickers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Andersen, a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, was drafted by the Saints in the fourth round of the 1982 draft. He played for the Saints (1982-94), Falcons (1995-2000), New York Giants (2001), Chiefs 2002-03), Minnesota (2004) and Atlanta (2006-07).

The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the 27 semifinalists from the previously announced list of 127 preliminary nominees. The list of semifinalists is typically limited to 25 names, but this year there are 27 resulting from a three-person tie for the final position. The Hall of Fame’s By-laws provides that the list shall consist of “twenty-five nominees plus all ties.”

In addition to the six first-year eligible nominees, one other previously eligible candidate, cornerback Albert Lewis has made it to the semifinalist list for the first time. Each of the remaining 20 nominees on the Selection Committee’s list has been a semifinalist at least once prior to this year.

The complete list of modern-era semifinalists is as follows:

  • Larry Allen, G/T – 1994-2005 Dallas Cowboys, 2006-07 San Francisco 49ers
  • Morten Andersen, K – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings
  • Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
  • Jerome Bettis, RB – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Cris Carter, WR – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
  • Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
  • Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
  • Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
  • Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
  • Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
  • Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
  • Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins
  • Albert Lewis, CB – 1983-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-98 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
  • John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
  • Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos
  • Art Modell, Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens
  • Jonathan Ogden, T – 1996-2007 Baltimore Ravens
  • Bill Parcells, Coach – 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys
  • Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
  • Warren Sapp, DT – 1995-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Oakland Raiders
  • Will Shields, G – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs
  • Michael Strahan, DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants
  • Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
  • Steve Tasker, ST/WR – 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
  • Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
  • George Young, Contributor – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League.

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40 comments Add your comment

Esquire

November 30th, 2012
4:16 pm

Congrats to all………..!!!

JSS

November 30th, 2012
4:42 pm

@ Ledbetter…
Check your filter…

Michael M.

November 30th, 2012
4:51 pm

D-Led uses the Winner’s Filter……………….hehehehe

Michael M.

November 30th, 2012
4:55 pm

I bought a box or grease rags to hand out to the loser’s crying over the ballgame last night. Thought they might need a dry one after that interception party the Falcons unleashed on their ball club.
Now we get a mini-bye week to go work Superman over again ! Get ready Superman………………you are next on the hit list………………………………………………………

My Hall of Fame finalist

November 30th, 2012
5:45 pm

•Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
•Cris Carter, WR – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
•Jonathan Ogden, T – 1996-2007 Baltimore Ravens
•Warren Sapp, DT – 1995-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Oakland Raiders
•Michael Strahan, DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants
•Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
•Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins

Captain Crazy

November 30th, 2012
5:49 pm

I don’t believe Terrell Davis’ career was long enough to merit HOF consideration.
However, Tommy Nobis should’ve been in yesterday!

JSS

December 1st, 2012
4:01 am

@ Michael M…

Who are you trying to be, Robert E. Lee Howell? You need to get a grip…

True Falcon Fan

December 1st, 2012
2:32 pm

Hey ZERO —- Didn’t you get the message weeks ago — NOW TAKE YOUR 14D BOTOX RIMMED MOUTH AND GET BACK INTO THAT GROTO AND DON’T COME OUT UNTIL “WE” SAY YOU CAN COME OUT, YOU DIP STICK”!

Michael M.

December 1st, 2012
6:53 pm

@ JSS……………………I will get a grip on the telephone and call ole Robert on the other side of the grave and ask him about your comment………………How did you like that Thursday Night Victory?………………….Sweeeeeeeeeeeet wasn’t it…………………lmao

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Eric C.

December 2nd, 2012
6:21 am

Pro football has never seemed so boring as it does right now.

Esquire

December 2nd, 2012
1:22 pm

http://tinyurl.com/cft6zhs

Awesome pics from Thursdays Falcons pummeling of the Caints.

Esquire

December 2nd, 2012
1:24 pm

Hey DLed…………..is JSS your HVAC man?

JSS
November 30th, 2012
4:42 pm

@ Ledbetter…
Check your filter…

Michael M.

December 2nd, 2012
2:29 pm

@ Esquire…………..what does he need to check the filter for anyway? Most of what JSS says goes in a baloney sandwich anyways…………………hehehehe

Go Broncos and thump the Bucs so we get the NFC South Title !

FanSince1966

December 2nd, 2012
5:34 pm

The Pro Football Hall of Shame is a sham. It is just a popularity contest controlled by a bunch of know it all “journalists”. Until they induct Tommy Nobis I will always feel that way. Claude Humphrey deserves entry too. But, they were Falcons so nobody gives a damn.

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DR. FALCON

December 2nd, 2012
6:37 pm

MORTEN ANDERSON IS A NO BRAINER! HOW ABOUT SOME H.O.F. VOTES FOR FORMER FALCON PRO BOWLERS, MIKE KENN, AND JEFF VAN NOTE!

Falcon James

December 2nd, 2012
6:40 pm

That was some woopin the Falcon put on the Saint. Was great night not only for the Falcon, but for the country as a whole. It was even sweeter after listening to Brees speach over and over and over about this being his division.

Happy for Mort. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. If Bryant keeps missing FG attempts, we may need to bring him out of retirement for the 5th time.

Silly aint's Fans

December 2nd, 2012
7:01 pm

2012 NFC SOUTH DIVISION CHAMPION ATLANTA FALCONS !!!!!! s uck that aint’s !!

JSS

December 3rd, 2012
6:51 am

The Three Stooges Hour on the AJC Blogs…
I did notice that resident cheerleader is so unimaginative that he was commenting (didn’t even change the crap) on other websites under DLed’s moniker…

@ Ledbetter…
You ought to protect your brand, that kid is tarnishing it…

as for the stalker…
How are your stupid Pawn Shop jokes sounding now after Saturday morning?

Your Rubicon was crossed long ago.. Now come back with something even more stupid than normal…

JSS

December 3rd, 2012
7:29 am

Ten players may make the final 15 cut for the Super Bowl Weekend vote. DeBartolo may piggyback the sympathy vote for the now deceased Art Modell. Andersen, Ogden, Strahan are players who should not have to worry…

Larry Allen – G/T/ Morten Andersen – K / Jerome Bettis – RB / Cris Carter – WR/ Don Coryell – Coach/ Edward DeBartolo – Jr., Owner/ Charles Haley – DE&LB/ Joe Jacoby – T/ Art Modell – Owner/ Jonathan Ogden – T/ Bill Parcells – Coach/ Andre Reed – WR/ Michael Strahan – DE

JSS

December 3rd, 2012
7:39 am

Ha ha, Michael M, keep up your poor man’s Shecky Greene act… Dang, now that is hard to do! One hand clap…

True Falcon Fan

December 3rd, 2012
9:19 am

Hey ZERO — why are you still here, you have nothing to gripe about, get your ashes back in that grotto where you belong —- the Falcons just keep winning!

You are such a dip stick, was that you I saw going into the Cherokee pawn shop several days ago — go take care of your drooling mouth and i’m sure Mommy will continue to pay the bills for your sorry ashes.

True Falcon Fan

December 3rd, 2012
9:22 am

Go back to LA or SF — those are folks you can communicate with.

JSS

December 3rd, 2012
9:33 am

Like I said, you’d show that you are as actually “stupid” as advertised!

JSS

December 3rd, 2012
9:46 am

When Green Bay took them to the woodshed on January 14, 2010… I didn’t say much… When they imploded in the Jersey swamp, not much then… But this time, I might just come in to watch you do what do best Step-N-Fetchin… So keep on crowing, the weekend of January 13th or an revisiting of the 2nd burning of Atlanta might stuff your mouth for good…

True Falcon Fan

December 3rd, 2012
9:46 am

It’s all between those little mousey ears, you jus blurt out that self proclaimed 14D botox rimmed mouth. Get after it “Sparky” ;)

What a dip stick! Just go back to where you came from, no one cares about your BS, crap!

True Falcon Fan

December 3rd, 2012
9:52 am

@9:46 SO DOES THAT MEAN WHEN THEY GO TO THE PLAY-OFFS & IF THEY WIN —- YOU WILL GO AWAY FOR GOOD & NEVER TO COME BACK TO AJC BLOG AGAIN – “RIGHT”? IF THAT’S A BET I’LL DO THE SAME IF THEY LOSE! ARE WE GOOD??

JSS

December 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

No, it means you’re a borderline psychotic who’d just change your user-name psychos like you (ain’t that right Larry, he’s still here) despite the previous 3 drubbings they took (after telling us poor “trolls”) they’d never darken the doorway again… Get over yourself, I’m just biding my time like I said in the pre-season… Here’s the problem, you’re the nut stalker with a pawn shop suicide fetish… And all the nerve damaged, one-armed DBs, Step-N-Fetchin it FS, and not all of the no red zone turnover converting offense in the State of Georgia is going to change that… You’re our J.B. Stoner, we ain’t gonna hide you in the attic… We’re put your worn out butt on the porch in the aftermath for the neighbors to cringe at!!!

True Falcon Fan

December 3rd, 2012
10:39 am

You are HILARIOUS for sure :) :) :) LMAO — though probably only when you want to be. I’m not Larry or Michael M or anybody else that can’t stand your sorry ashes, I’m ONLY me be assured! There is one thing about me — if ever we meet face to face you can be assured of one or two things will happen for 1) we’ll be friends 2) i will teach you the Pounce de Leon Ave “SHUFFLE” ;)

I always knew you’re a coward!

????

December 3rd, 2012
11:09 am

Who in the h ell is shecky greene ???

I say and ask stupid tings

December 3rd, 2012
11:55 am

SO IF ANDERSON MAKES THE HOF WILL HE GO IN AS A FALCON OR A SAINT?

JSS

December 3rd, 2012
12:18 pm

The only thing you’d ever teach someone is how to wait your turn to make that collect call to get someone to bring the papers to the title pawn to re-up the bail bond!

Puss-N-Boots, nobody’s afraid of that stupid challenge… The problem is that is “EMPTY” because it is coming from you! That flies right over your head… I can care less if you post 24/7 or 365 days a year… You’ve never gotten that, it is why you’re a “Momma joke teller.” You think all you have to do is find the button… You’re better off getting some legos and a Alfred E. Neumman paint by the numbers set…

True Falcon Fan

December 3rd, 2012
1:35 pm

It’s all between those little ears of yours dip stick!

Nuff said!

JSS

December 3rd, 2012
4:13 pm

In comparison with what, you? Psychotropics have that effects on a mosh pit mind like yours!

Keep on creeping, that’s truly “Nuff said!”

True Falcon Fan

December 3rd, 2012
6:08 pm

The paranoia between ears is extremely evident, you really need to your psychic thoroughly examined ASAP! Besides being hung-up as a last word person, my bet is you have ZERO relationship with anyone other than your mommy. So clean-up your droolin’ and get a life “And get off this blog” get back into that GROTTO, —- DIP STICK……..

JSS

December 3rd, 2012
6:44 pm

Ha ha, “psychic thoroughly examined,” Wooooooooooooooooooooo-ooo, where do I need to send “Ms Cleo?” Stalker, were you trying to express the “psyche?” I cant stop crying, you are a poor, poor, nut of the first-rate!!! Man, a person who routinely tells “Mommy Jokes” and pumps suicide as an option because he has over-inflated connection to a football team that most likely has him on terrorist watch list telling someone to get psychological examinations? You’re a tool!

Gwinnett Fred

December 3rd, 2012
7:53 pm

@ say & ask:
In the pro Football HOF, you don’t go in as anything other than a player. It’s not like baseball where they wear a hat.

Additionally, they missed the boat a couple years back with Claude Humphrey, the greatest Falcon ever by not electing him in. A 5-time 1st team All-Pro and 3-time 2nd team (and I’m talking All Pro, not the ‘anybody can get in’ Pro Bowl are better stats than a lot of linemen that have made it to the Hall.

Gwinnett Fred

December 3rd, 2012
7:59 pm

BTW – when a list contains 27 names and only 4 to 7 make it, how exactly that that qualify as a “semi-final” list??

Basically the “semi-final list” is nothing more than that year’s ballot.

Then there’s the “at least 4 but no more than 7 get in” rule. What’s up with that? So if there’s really only 3 players on the ballot that deserve to get in, a 4th makes it despite not getting 80% of the vote and conversely if 8 get the required 80%, the lowest gets screwed?

Sounds more like NASCAR to me.

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