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Morten Andersen is a Hall of Fame finalist; Mike Kenn is not

Morten Andersen is one step closer to being enshrined in Canton.

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Morten Andersen spent 13 of his 25 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and set numerous records in Atlanta. He's one of the best kickers to ever take the field, and it's appropriate that he's a modern-era finalist for the 2016 Hall of Fame class.

Andersen was the Falcons' kicker from 1995-2000, and again in 2006 and 2007. Over that span, he became the leading scorer in franchise history. Andersen also set multiple league records, such as most career points scored with 2,544 and most field goals with 565. When the Falcons went to the Super Bowl following the 1998 season, they did so on an Andersen game-winning kick.

Andersen also holds the NFL record for the most games played, with 382. Andersen was named to the NFL All-Decade Team in the 1980s and the 1990s. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and was an All-Pro six times.His long, storied career and his myriad accomplishments certainly make him a logical modern-era candidate for enshrinement.

Offensive tackle Mike Kenn, one of the best offensive linemen the league has ever seen, was once again a semi-finalist for the 2016 Hall of Fame class, but he did not receive enough votes to be named a finalist. Kenn was a very good tackle on generally bad teams, and the system is far from perfect. Kenn was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls between 1980 and 1984, and he also served as the NFLPA President during his career. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, but it unfortunately won't happen this year.

Our congratulations to Morten Andersen, and here's hoping he's selected as a member of the 2016 Hall of Fame class.