NFL Hall of Fame beckons for the Great Dane
There are not many National Football League careers that stand out like Morten Andersen's, and soon his efforts may propel him into the league’s 2013 Hall of Fame class in Canton, Ohio.
'The Great Dane', as he is affectionately known, is the all-time top scorer in the NFL, compiling 2,544 points over a 25-year career that earned him seven pro bowl selections and a place in two all-decade teams in the '80s and '90s.
Andersen, a native of Struer in northern Jutland, was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1982 and also enjoyed stints with the New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and the Atlanta Falcons, with whom he reached his only Superbowl in 1998 by kicking the game-winning field goal.
Andersen had first visited the USA in 1977 as an exchange student in Indianapolis, Indiana and had never kicked an American football before then. But he was so impressive in his first season with his school that Michigan State University offered him a scholarship
When Andersen officially retired from the NFL in 2008, he held or shared 22 NFL records as well as the team scoring records for the Saints and the Falcons. 2013 is the first year that he is eligible to be voted into the Hall of Fame.