Three members of the 2017 Class of the Pro Football, including , Terrell Davis and Jason Taylor, will visit Canton this Monday in preparations for their Enshrinement on August 5, 2017.
This will be their first visit to Canton since they’ve been elected to the Hall. The Enshrinees will experience a warm welcome from Hall of Fame staff, receive an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the museum, meet with different committees to plan for their Enshrinement and talk to members of the media.
All next week, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will bring you exclusive content on all the Hall’s media channels of the newest members selected to the Class of 2017. From the time they walk into the building, viewing the new class banner, capture every momentum touring the Hall and a special behind the scenes look at all three future Gold Jackets on the national televised, NFL Network’s Total Access.
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entered the National Football League as the fourth round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1982. He left the game 25 seasons later as the most prolific scorer in league history.
Following a strike-shortened rookie season, Andersen kicked into high gear in his second season as he netted 91 points for New Orleans in 1983. It marked the first of 22 seasons in which he recorded 90 points or more. He topped the 100-point total 14 times in his career. The first occasion of reaching the century mark came in 1985 when he connected on 31 of 35 field goals and added 27 extra points for 120 points. For his efforts, he earned the first of seven Pro Bowl nominations and was also named first-team All-Pro for the first of five times.
After 13 seasons in New Orleans and ranking as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, Andersen joined the Atlanta Falcons in 1995 and eventually became that team’s career scoring leader. He recorded a spectacular season his first year in Atlanta when he scored a career-high 122 points that included a then-NFL record for most 50-yard field goals in a season (8). On Dec. 10, 1995, in a 19-14 win over his former team the Saints, he made NFL history when he became the first kicker ever to convert three field goals of 50 yards or longer in the same game.
Andersen kicked for the Falcons for six seasons before continuing his reliable scoring with the New York Giants (2001), Kansas City Chiefs (2002-03), and Minnesota Vikings (2004). In 2006 he was lured out of retirement by Atlanta and finished his career with two more campaigns with the Falcons.
Among the most notable league records he set were career points (2,544), most field goals (565), and games played (382). In addition, his 40 field goals of 50 yards or longer were the most in NFL history at his retirement.
He is one of the rare players to be named to two NFL All-Decade Teams (1980s and 1990s). In all, he converted 565 of 709 field goal attempts and 849 of 859 point-after-attempts. He led his teams in scoring 22 times and led the NFC in 1992. Andersen led the NFL in field goals in 1987, and topped all conference kickers in that category in 1985, 1987, and 1995.
After a prolific career in the NFL, these days Andersen is running Global. His business was started in 2009 with a focus on international business consulting, brand promotions, event planning services and public speaking engagements.
While he is currently in the process of writing his second book, titled “A Certain Kind of Stubborn”, Andersen and his wife Jennifer are actively running The Family Foundation.
The purpose of the foundation is to affect positive change among children and youth locally, regionally, nationally and globally. The Andersen’s also place a high importance on raising money to support critically wounded Special Operations Soldiers and the families of the fallen.
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