Morten Andersen not ready to concede records to Adam Vinatieri

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In 2006, Morten Andersen set the two major kicking records on back-to-back weekends. He passed Gary Anderson for points scored, and then, a week later, passed Anderson for field goals made.

Andersen has held the records ever since, finishing his career with 2,544 points and 565 field goals.

But Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri is within 35 fields and 166 points of passing Andersen for both records. Unless he has a career year, Vinatieri, who is 44 and in the final year of his contract, would have to kick into 2018 to break Andersen’s marks.

“I have nothing but admiration for what Adam has been able to do for a long period of time,” Andersen said in a Pro Football Hall of Fame conference call Wednesday. “It remains to be seen whether he’ll break my records. If he does, then he needs to be congratulated because it’s a high mark and a high bar, and records are made to be broken. I’ve held many of them for over a decade now, so I won’t lose any sleep over it. My skins are on the wall.”

Andersen was elected to the Hall of Fame in his fifth year of eligibility, becoming only the second kicker to earn induction. Jan Stenerud was in the Class of 1991. But Ray Guy became the first punter enshrined in 2014, meaning specialists now have two of the past 30 spots.

Andersen said that should help open the door for specialists such as Steve Tasker, Bill Bates, Vinatieri, Anderson and Shane Lechler to receive strong consideration in the future.

“I think it becomes legitimized as a position, not that it needed to be, but there has been a stigma that not an every-down player was somehow a handicap when it came to consideration for the Hall,” Andersen said. “I think we need to move the conversation forward in saying, ‘Who are the trendsetters? Who are the best at their position regardless whether they played 20 plays or 75 plays? How did they affect the game?’ The kicking position arguably affects the game more, other than the quarterback position, than any other position on the football field. More games are won or lost on the foot of a specialist so we have to recognize that the position is important. It’s relevant, and it’s a powerful one.”

6 responses to “Morten Andersen not ready to concede records to Adam Vinatieri

  1. It’s not just kickers and returners who have a hard time getting their due. There should be more HOF consideration given to great special teams aces like Bill Bates, Steve Tasker, Larry Izzo and others.

  2. Sounds like he’s ready to concede to me.

    “If Adam breaks it, he should be congratulated”
    “Records are made to be broken”
    “I’m not going to lose any sleep over it”

    Not sure the point of this headline.

  3. Andersen could come back today and get a job in the nfl at 50+. He is automatic from inside 40 and with the new PAT rule that would get him a job.

  4. Steve Tasker should be in the Hall. How good was Tasker ? He affected the outcomes of so many games that the league created a Pro Bowl position for a Special Team player.
    It took a few years of outstanding play before the Special Team position was created. Afterwards, Tasker went to the Pro Bowl 7 times. It would have been 10 times if there was a Special Teams position before Tasker.
    Watch his highlights, blocked field goals, blocked punts, return game , gunner, downing the ball iside the 5 . HOF.

  5. HOF for Vinny? No doubt… As clutch as Nicklaus over a putt… and every bit as much of a non-athlete.
    And with the rules changes for PAT and kickoffs, the place kicker is FAR more important than ever before… just exactly what everyone was demanding, right? EVERYONE wanted the non-athletes to be the second most important player on the field, right? Yeah, more kickers in the HOF, that’s what we need.
    Bah. Kickers. Eliminate them. Change the name of the game if it bothers you, but eliminate them. Go keek the ball on a soccer field.

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