The Atlanta Falcons haven’t had an abundance of Hall of Fame-caliber players in the history of their franchise.
In 2014, former Falcons Claude Humphrey became just the fifth Falcon to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining Deion Sanders, Eric Dickerson, Chris Doleman and Tommy McDonald in Canton. But there’s another former Falcon who really deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, more than any of the other players who came through Atlanta in their careers.
I’m talking about kicker Morten Andersen, who is currently listed at 9-to-1 odds for the Hall of Fame in 2016. Ninth-best behind names like Brett Favre, Marvin Harrison and two Terrells – Davis and Owens.
As the Class of 2015 is inducted in a few weeks, Andersen will be absent from the third consecutive class since he became eligible in 2013. No placekicker has been inducted in the Hall of Fame since 1991, the New Orleans Times-Picayune said, but if there’s any kicker who deserves it, Andersen is the guy.
The 55-year-old Dane played 25 seasons in the NFL and made 80 percent of the 709 field goals he attempted. Eight of those 25 seasons were played with the Falcons, and his 82.1 percent field goal success rate in Atlanta was second-best of the five teams for which he played.
He was also pretty good on that 38-yarder that sent the Falcons to the Super Bowl in 1999.
It’s hard to believe that the NFL’s all-time leading scorer is not in Canton, but Andersen will get another chance next year.
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