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The Scale of Falconliness, Special Teams Week: Morten Andersen

Who's the ultimate Falcon? And who's the ultimate anti-Falcon? That's what we're going to find out with our summer project: the Scale of Falconliness. We'll rate former Falcons on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most Falconly. The rule: minimum of three seasons with the Falcons for coaches, five seasons for players.

The Dutch word for riddle is raadsel, and we have a fine raadsel for you today: is the most Falconly kicker ever also the most Saintly?

Morten Andersen, Kicker (1995 - 2000, 2006 - 2007)

Falconly Unfalconly

  • The greatest play in Falcons history.
  • All-time franchise leader in total points, field goals, and extra points. Second-highest career field goal percentage among Falcons kickers who played more than one season.
  • Eight seasons as a Falcon, including his final two. His last year was actually the most accurate of his career, as he hit a career-high 89.3% of his field goals and all his extra points.
  • After being released by New Orleans after an injury and disappointing season, he knocked out the highest-scoring year of his career in his first year as a Falcon. He made first-team All Pro that year and became the first player to ever make three 50+ yard field goals in one game -- and he did it against his former team.
  • NFL's all-time leading scorer. (If he makes the Hall, we can claim 32% of the honor.)
  • People made fun of two things about him: his age and his Dutchness. Morten was fine with this. He's Dutch as in "pleasant," not Dutch as in "NORM VAN BROCKLIN."
  • His official website is pretty great and reasonably Falconly.

  • 13 years with the Saints.
  • Saints' all-time leading scorer and member of the Saints Hall of Fame.
  • Plus two with the Chiefs, one with the Vikings, and one with the Giants.
  • Six Pro Bowls with the Saints. The word Saints appears many times in this post.

Current standings after the jump: