WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Placekicker Morten Andersen, who played 25 years in the NFL, will be inducted into the New Orleans Saints Ring of Honor, coach Sean Payton said Monday.
The Ring of Honor was created in 2013 when quarterback Archie Manning, linebacker Rickey Jackson and offensive tackle Willie Roaf became the inaugural inductees. No one was honored last season.
"It truly is an honor and a privilege to be joining three legendary Saints players," Andersen said. "A wealth of emotions kind of flood over you in a powerful moment like this."
Payton said a group that included himself and owner Tom Benson came up with the idea of the Ring of Honor with the goal of it being "very tough to get in."
He said Manning, Jackson and Roaf fit that description, and so does Andersen.
"I would say sooner than later, this guy's going to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame," Payton said. "That is a fact."
Andersen is the NFL's all-time leading scorer with 2,544 points. The seven-time Pro Bowler also played for the Giants, Chiefs and Vikings.
Andersen spent 13 years with the Saints and is the team's all-time leading scorer with 1,318 points. He is also tops in games played (196), field goals (302) and extra points (412).
He also is the leading scorer for the Atlanta Falcons, for whom he played a combined eight seasons over two stints.
Anderson was chosen to the NFL's All-Decade teams for the 1980s and 1990s.
No date was officially given for the induction, although Andersen said he believes it will be Dec. 21, during a ceremony at halftime of the Saints' Monday night game against Detroit.
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Posted on Mon, August 3, 2015
by GARY FAUBER, Associated Press