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Morten Andersen is a Hall of Fame Finalist, but Mike Kenn isn't

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Mixed emotions follow the Pro Football Hall of Fame's big announcement.

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Let's start with the good news: Morten Andersen made the list of 15 finalists for the 2015 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, giving him a decent shot at Canton. It would be an honor befitting one of the most durable kickers of all-time, and a living Falcons legend.

Andersen spent 25 years in the NFL, hitting 79.7% of his field goals between the the Saints, Falcons, Giants and Chiefs. The most famous kick of his career was probably the game winner in the 1998 NFC Championship Game against the Vikings, which put the Falcons in their first and thus far only Super Bowl. It was reason enough to elect him, I'd argue. Given the fondness for Andersen around the league, his performance in a very different era for NFL kickers and that big kick, I'd give him better than a 50% chance to get in.

Now the bad news, which you saw in that Tweet. Mike Kenn, who I genuinely felt was the Falcons' most deserving candidate and one of the most dominant left tackles in NFL history, was left off. He made it as far as the initial 26, but was no doubt hurt by the legendary Orlando Pace being in the same class. There's no question in my mind he should have made it further along, but we'll have to hope he gets another shot.

Congratulations to Morten Andersen!