Morten Andersen misses out on NFL Hall of Fame
Seattle Seahawks fans in Denmark had a rough time last night thanks to their team throwing away (literally) the Super Bowl in the dying second of the game. But now all Danish NFL fans have a reason to be disappointed.
Denmark's most famous American footballer Morten Andersen made the final nominee list but missed out on being one of the five inducted into the 2015 Hall of Fame (HOF) class, which ended up consisting of Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Will Shields and Charles Haley.
It was the second straight year that Andersen made the final nominee list. The Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOF) only includes three kickers: George Blanda, Lou Groza and Jan Stenerud, of which Norway's Stenerud was the only pure kicker (i.e he didn't play any other positions).
Andersen may not have made the final cut this year, but surely it's only a mater of time.
The legendary kicker – who has been among the HOF semi-finalists since 2013 and who made the final last year before falling short – is the all-time leading scorer in NFL history with 2,544 points in a career that spanned 25 years from 1982-2007.
Andersen, who was born in Copenhagen but grew up in Struer in Jutland, was drafted out of Michigan State University by the New Orleans Saints in 1982 where he spent 13 seasons before moving onto the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and then again to the Falcons.
During his illustrious career, 'The Great Dane' – who was also known affectionately as 'Mr. Automatic' due to his kicking proficiency – enjoyed seven Pro Bowl Selections and two Golden Toe Awards. He was also on the NFL All-Decade Team in the 1980s and 1990s.