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Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week…Morten Anderson

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There were only 3 place kickers in the Football Hall of Fame, now there are 4 add Morten Anderson to the list. The previous three were

George Blanda (Also QB) 1949-1958, 1960-1975
Lou Groza (Also T) 1946-1959, 1961-1967
Jan Stenerud 1967-1985
Anderson is only the second of those on that list that was exclusively a place kicker. In his career (1982-2007) Anderson had the following achievments:
  • Most games played (career) – 382
  • Most consecutive games played by a placekicker – 248
  • Most field goals attempted (career) – 709
  • Most field goals (career) – 565
  • Most points (career) – 2,544
  • Most seasons, 75 or more points (career) – 24
  • Most consecutive seasons, 75 or more points (career) – 23
  • Most seasons, 90 or more points (career) – 22
  • Most game winning field goals (career) – 103
  • Games with 1+ field goals (career) – 299
  • Games with 2+ field goals (career) – 178
  • Oldest player to score 14 points in a game – 47 years, 133 days (for Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks, December 30, 2007)
  • Oldest player to kick 4 field goals in a game – 47 years, 42 days (for Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans, September 30, 2007)
  • Oldest player to kick 5 field goals in a game – 46 years, 43 days
  • Most field goals (50 or more yards) in a game – 3 (vs. New Orleans, December 10, 1995) (tied with several players)
  • Most consecutive games scoring (career) – 360
  • Most games scoring (career) – 379
  • Most consecutive seasons scoring (career) – 23 – tied with Gary Anderson
  • Most consecutive calendar years scoring (career)

That is definitely quite an accomplished career. Congratulations on being inducted into the Hall Of Fame.

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