PHOENIX — The NFL’s all-time leading scorer still has to buy his own tickets for Canton.
In his third year of eligibility, former New Orleans Saints kicker Morten Andersen once again did not receive enough votes for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Wide receiver Tim Brown, linebacker Junior Seau, running back Jerome Bettis, defensive end Charles Haley, and guard Will Shields were selected for enshrinement.
Seniors nominee Mick Tingelhoff and contributors Bills Polian and Ron Wolf were also selected for the Hall of Fame.
Like last year, Andersen was among the 15 finalists up for the award, but he was among the first cuts and failed to make the top 10 this year. He was a semifinalist during his first year of eligibility.
A 25-year veteran, Andersen played for the Saints from 1982-1994. He then had stops with Atlanta, Kansas City, Minnesota, and the New York Giants. He retired in 2007, at the age of 47.
Not only does Andersen lead the NFL in scoring (2,544 point), he also has the most field goals (565) in NFL history. Throughout his career, he mad 79.6 percent of his field goals, placing him 46th all time.
Andersen made seven Pro Bowls and three times was a first-team All Pro. He was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fames’ all-decade teams for the 1980s and 1990s.
It’s not an easy task for kickers to gain induction. The last true kicker to get in, Jan Stenerud, who was inducted in 1991, remains the only true kicker in the hall of fame.
Stenerud, who played from 1967-1985, made 66.8 percent of his kicks throughout his career and is 13th on the scoring list with 1,699 points. He was, however, one of the first professional football players to be used as a dedicated kicker.