Morten Anderson was born in Copenhagen and grew up in Denmark. He was a failed soccer player who came to America and discovered kicking in football. He would go on to play high school, then go from Michigan State and then to the NFL where he set records in all three different stages of football.
When he retired from his lengthy career from 1982 to 2007, Andersen held the NFL record for games played at 382. He set the NFL records for field goals (565) and points scored (2,544) at the time of his retirement, which are both the second-most of all time. In addition to his league accomplishments, he is the Saints' all-time leader scorer at 1,318 points. Andersen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017 and along with Jan Stenerud, is only one of two exclusive placekickers to receive the honor.