Former Saints placekicker Morten Andersen is eligible for enshrinement into the NFL Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2013, it was announced today.
This is Andersen's first year of eligibility and as the NFL's all-time scoring leader, I think he's got a legitimate shot at making it in his first time around. Andersen played in 382 games, making 565 field goals and 849 PATs.
"The Great Dane" is one of 127 nominees comprised of 89 players, 14 coaches and 24 contributors. Also nominated was Dome Patrol member, Sam Mills.
Here is how the selection process works:
From that list the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. That semifinalist list will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. The Class of 2013 will be selected from the list of the 15 modern-era finalists plus the two senior nominees, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson, who were selected last month by the Hall of Fame's Senior Selection Committee.
The actual voting for the Class of 2013 will be conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee's annual meeting, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 the day before Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. The election results will be announced at a live announcement show immediately following the meeting.
You can view the entire list of 127 nominees right here.
What do you guys think? Will he make it into the Hall this year?