Morten Andersen is 43 years old and would seem to be an easy target for his Kansas City Chiefs teammates. But Andersen, the former Falcons kicker, says no one calls him “Grandpa” or anything like that.
“I’ve never heard it, actually,” Andersen said, before pausing. “Maybe ‘Great Grandpa.’ ”
Andersen is not quite that old. Yet. However, the eventual Hall of Fame candidate has his sights set on playing at the age of 50. If he does that, he’ll become the oldest player to participate in an NFL game. He would break the record set by George Blanda, who in 1975 was the Oakland Raiders’ 48-year-old kicker. The oldest player to play in any of the four major sports leagues was Satchel Paige, who pitched at 52 years, two months and 18 days.
Andersen is convinced that 48, at least, is within reach.
“I don’t make goals that are ridiculous,” Andersen said. “I make goals that are motivational, that are specific, that are realistic.”
Andersen, the career leading scorer for the New Orleans Saints and the Falcons, turned 43 on Aug. 19. In his 22nd season, he figures to become the NFL’s career leading scorer (he trails now-retired Gary Anderson by 70 points, 2,223 to 2,153).
—Ken Suguira, The Atlanta Journal Constitution “Too young to feel old/ Anderson, 43, thinks kicking until he’s 48 is a reasonable goal—or maybe even 50.”
Morten Andersen spent the 2003 season with the Chiefs and the 2004 season with the Vikings. He was out of the NFL for the 2005 season. He returned to the Atlanta Falcons for the 2006 (after punter Michael Koenen tried, and failed, to serve as the teams kicker and punter). On December 16, 2006, Morten Andersen passed Gary Anderson as the NFL’s career leading scorer. During the 2007 season with the Falcons, at age 47, he made 25 of 28 field goals, the most accurate season of his career.
Andersen was not signed for the 2008 NFL season. He retired December 8, 2008. He would have had to play after December 5th, 2008 to break Blanda’s record.