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Morten Andersen (Photo: Associated Press)
Morten Andersen narrowly missed scoring 100 points in his first season with the Giants in 2001. However, he became just the third player ever to score 2,000 career points. (Photo: Associated Press)

In 2001, Morten Andersen joined an elite group that includes Gary Anderson and the legendary George Blanda. The trio holds the distinction of being the only players in history to record more than 2,000 points in a career. Andersen, who joined the New York Giants this past season after 13 years with the New Orleans Saints and six with the Atlanta Falcons, eclipsed the 2,000-point plateau in Week 11 to move into second place all-time among the Top 20 scoring leaders. On the season, he kicked 23 field goals and 29 extra points for 98 points.

Anderson of the Minnesota Vikings added 74 points (29 PATs, 15 FGs) to his career-leading total. He has amassed 705 extra points and 476 field goals for 2,133 points during his 20 seasons in the NFL.

One other active place-kicker, Steve Christie of the San Diego Chargers, ranked among the Top 20 scoring leaders. Although John Carney of the New Orleans Saints displaced him from the Top 20 in Week 12, Christie signed with the Chargers the following week and was able to reclaim his spot in the Top 20 by Week 16. His career totals include 281 field goals and 364 point-after-touchdowns for 1,207 points.

Leading Lifetime Scorers

(At the Start of 2002 Season)

Rank Player League Yrs TD PAT FG Total
1 (1) GARY ANDERSON NFL 20 0
705 476 2,133
2 (3) MORTEN ANDERSEN NFL 20 0 644
464 2,036
3 (2) George Blanda* NFL-AFL 26 9 943 335 2,002
4 (4) Norm Johnson NFL 18 0 638 366 1,736
5 (5) Nick Lowery NFL 18 0 562 383 1,711
6 (6) Jan Stenerud* AFL-NFL 19 0 580 373 1,699
7 (7) Lou Groza* AAFC-NFL 21 1 810 264 1,608
8 (8) Eddie Murray NFL 19 0 538 352 1,594
9 (9) Al Del Greco NFL 17 0 543 347 1,584
10 (10) Pat Leahy NFL 18 0 558 304 1,470
11 (11) Jim Turner AFL-NFL 16 1 521 304 1,439
12 (12) Matt Bahr NFL 17 0 522 300 1,422
13 (13) Mark Moseley NFL 16 0 482 300 1,382
14 (14) Jim Bakken NFL 17 0 534 282 1,380
15 (15) Fred Cox NFL 15 0 519 282 1,365
16 (16) Jim Breech NFL 14 0 517 243 1,246
17 (17) Pete Stoyanovich NFL 12 0 420 272 1,236
18 (18) Chris Bahr NFL 14 0 490 241 1,213
19 (19) Kevin Butler NFL 13 0 413 265 1,208
20 (20) STEVE CHRISTIE NFL 12 0 364 281 1,207


2001 Notes:
John Carney entered the Top 20 in Week 12 and displaced Steve Christie. In Week 16, Christie re-entered the Top 20 and displaced Carney.

Next in Line:
Players active in 2001 who rank closest to a Top Twenty ranking: John Carney (1,201), Jerry Rice (1,184), Matt Stover (1,134), and Jason Elam (1,073).


* Pro Football Hall of Fame Member
( ) — Indicates Rank at the Start of the 2001 Season
ACTIVE IN 2001

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