Saints to put Morten Anderson in ‘Ring of Honor’

Head coach Sean Payton and Morten Andersen at the team's training facility in West Virginia Monday. (Photo courtesy: Doug Mouton)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WVa. – Morten Andersen, the beloved former kicker for the New Orleans Saints and the league’s all-time leading scorer, will become the fourth player in the Saints Ring of Honor in the Superdome this fall the team announced Monday.

Andersen, who kicked 13 seasons for the Saints and was a seven-time Pro Bowl player (six with the Saints) and three-time All-Pro (two with the Saints), was introduced by head coach Sean Payton as a player who should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Andersen will join former Saints Rickey Jackson, Willie Roaf and Archie Manning in the Ring of Honor.

“It’s humbling,” said Andersen of the fact that he would be one of only four players in Saints history to be so honored. “We were pretty good in the 80s. We had the best linebacking corps in league history.”

Payton emphasized that the Ring of Honor should and will be a hard group to crack. He said that not every year would have a player added to the Ring.

Andersen, who played for four other teams in his NFL career, emphasized that if he ever does get to the Hall of Fame, it will be as a member of the Saints. He said he has never enjoyed a city more.

“For me it was the sense of community,” he said about Sundays at the Superdome. “Saints games were like a religious experience in New Orleans for me. It was God, family, Saints.”

Despite his longevity, Andersen said he could no longer kick at the professional level, but he did have a word of advice for kickers as they deal with the possibility of narrower cross bars for field goals and extra points. “Aim for the middle, that never changes.”

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