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Morten Andersen

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Morten Andersen, nicknamed the "Great Dane", is a Danish-American former American footballkicker. He is the all-time leader in games played in the NFL, with 382. He formerly held both the NFL records for field goals and points scored, both records were broken by Adam Vinatieri in 2018. At retirement, Andersen was the all-time leading scorer for two different teams; the New Orleans Saints, with whom he spent 13 seasons, and the Atlanta Falcons, with whom he spent a combined eight seasons. He retired in 2008, after not playing for a team that season. Andersen was announced as a member of the 2017 induction class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at that year's NFL Honors. He is only the second exclusive placekicker inducted in the Hall of Fame, and the first since Jan Stenerud in 1991. Morten and I played together in 2008 for the Minnesota Vikings. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Welcome to our PODCAST, hoddle up with gusts, where we talked to guests about how sports helped shape their life. I'm your host, former NFL quarterback, gusts frod and I'm joined by my longtime friend and coast Dave Hagar. We are a RADIOCOM original podcast and you can find us on the new RADIOCOM APP or anywhere you listen to your favorite podcast. Now let's get in the huddles. Gusts Frat on hoddle up with gust thanks for joining us today. I'm here with my cohost, Dave Hagar, and Dave, we got a really good guest today. Hall of Famer, Great Nickname, the great Dan, the Great Dane, and also the king of kicks. I think there's in the matador so proclaimed hes the matter area, but today on the show with US Morton Anderson Mortan. How you doing, buddy? I A man. Great to see you, gusts. You know all the guys I held my balls, you were the best. Yeah, thank you. I I took great pride in holding your balls just the way you wanted. You were the were the best. We're off to see. This is how you this is how you open the show, guys, it is, it is Hee's it, it's he's a great Dane. And then you come right with the balls show. Yeah, and then Morton liked his balls really big. Okay, yeah, so, yes, that's say in really big, vertical, big ball. So that'll see size by think he had like a fourteen shoe Brown. I think too, thirteen, thirteen. Yeah, he hated last. He hated saggy balls too. They had to be nice and fool they'd be stitched. Yeah, it'd be definitely stitched. Man. You know, one time Dave Morton and I were in the field house at the Vikings and we challenged each other to, you know, you throw the like into a trash can. Yeah, like you say, from twenty yards are and hit that. So at the indoor facility with all these trash cans along the back wall, and we would go out early and I'd hold for him and so then I said, well, I'll throw him in and you kick him in. He actually beat me. That's how accurate he was. But we had to move in because he was like, how old are you at that time? You're like forty seven, so you really five, forty five. So we really could go from so far, because forty five. It wasn't like, honey, forty yards and in forty five and and we're money. Oh Yeah, Oh, yeah. And I had to learn to hold for a left footed kicker. That had very he you know, he was so strict and how I had to do it. But I had to learn to hold for a left foot and never help for one, in like two days, and which it did great in less. Everything everything switched. Your whole brain has to switch. You have to. You know, usually when you're holding for a right foot of kicker, one hands in front, then you go switch it over. Yeah, it's just if you ever done if you're right hand dominant, right, yes, so to try to do something lefthand it is is terrible. Like I'm using that addy. But for one you had step it up. I had an also had to catch it. And what you had to catch it Guss and hold it with your right hand and turn it with your left hand, because I didn't want the I didn't want this hand to cover the ball as I'm coming into the ball right. So when you held it with this, you could turn it here and I had a clear view of the ball. It was just things like that. We talked about I think, in a very powerful way. You know, hey, this is what I expect of you, and and you. I think you were very open to it, even though you were quarterback, a little bit of a primitive, you know little, but yeah, Premad you were. You, you check the EGO at the door. I was impressed and and I we had a really good year. Yeah, we did. We had a great year. And the other thing too, is he filmed everything. The only time I've ever been filmed holding for kicker for different three angles, three adicles the front, the back and a shoulder held camera. We had a lot of fun. Note one more. It was a amazing guy. So, Morton, let's go back to when you grew up overseas, before you were an immigrant into the United States of America. What was it like growing up over there? What was that first memory of you? Were you fell in love with sports? I was five years old and I remember it...

...was the night before I had to go to the very first soccer practice and I slept with my soccer shoes on what like next to my pillow. My Mom and Dad had bought me these Red Patrick, which is a French brand of soccer shoes, and I was so excited. Barely slapped and I kept looking at these shoes going on, I'm going to wear these tomorrow, going to kick the ball tomorrow. It's a five years old this, this started. That's how it started. Man, do you have an idol? There was a somebody who looked up to in the yeah, world, there was. It's a German strike or called Gid Mula, and I will used to when we when we did make believe, you know, playing in the in the backyard or whatever with buddies, I would tell everybody just call me Mula, just call me Middle Man. Yeah, just this Muller, and he was the full scoring machine for the German national team. He was a little guy, but he was always in the right spot at the right time. I said, no, I want to be like that. I always want to be in the right spot at the right time, and I kind of feel like I was. Yeah, well, that's with me ever since I can remember. I was I was Terry Bradshaw Right, yeah, plane, and if I played baseball I was always I was either Willie stargo or David Marker, because I'm Pittsburgh Guy, so I love those guys. But we all had those idols growing up. What other sports would you play growing up? So this is a sport that's not very common in the United States called team handballs, in Olympic sport. Now I'm not talking about the the handball you play in prison, you know against the wall right, not that Guy Shit. How do you know about that sword in prison? You know the team handball with the seven guys, a goalie. It's an Olympic Sport, very physical. So I really was very good at that because I could jump and I was a gymnast. I did a lot of gymnastics. I did trampoline and vaulting, so I had a lot of I had a lot of spring. I could jump really high and in team handball, you know, if you can jump in the defense trying to block your shot and you're still hanging in the air shooting the ball, you got a kiss shot at goals. So that was something I became really good at. Did you do good arm level? Did you have a good arm? had a good left arm back then. Yeah, how do you they didn't like. What's team hamble like as a kid is are there children playing team hanble? Oh, yeah, very young, five years age. Really just like soccer here, Lacrosse football, I mean peewee football. You know, this started that young and basketball, you know, same thing as what's going on in the stage very young age. Yeah, it's funny when you see like on the Olympics team handball. It's one of those sports you go it's almost like a curling where you go, how are people like? Where do they get involved with that? But it sounds like it's very well, especially here in the states. You don't see. I mean I remember in Jim Class playing it in high school as right, we used to use a volleyball to play. Right. It's about to size as a little smaller than a volleyball, right and all you know, and I remember I used to love just what more it said, I jump in the air and I wouldn't care if I scored. I just wanted to hurt the goalie is in front of than. That's so bad. And I can remember after one like Jim Classic Goalie came out. He had like six wealth all over them and I was so I don't think I scored a goal, but I hit the goalie like six times. It was like not dodgeball, guys, right, I'm just having fun, but is it's a great sport. So you played that you were gymnast. How'd you get into gymnastics? You know, I was looking for a job and then I went to I went to sports school, I got an instructors license and I was teaching gymnastics initially. While I was doing it, I just like the the physicality of it, the jumping, flying in the air. You go into a trampoline and you jump Bob you do flips. In the end you land on a mat. It's pretty wild stuff. Your events trampoline floor...

...exercises and bolting. And so when I came to high school and at Been Davis High School, I was on the gymnastics team. There I was a kicker on the on the football team, and in the winner I did gymnastics and this in the spring I was a launcher. I did the track and field. I ran the anchor on the eight hundred and eighty rand, one hundred and twenty, one hundred and ten two twenty and I was a long jumper. Well, so I get a lot of different so how old were you when you came to the states? How seventeen. Actually, on my seventeen birthday I landed in Indianapolis with the Baker family, the family that I lived with for ten months, and the intent was to stay for ten months, not forty two years. Yeah, what was that program called it you came over, I did you know. I was called youth for understanding. Why if you and it basically promotes international exchange between teenagers. So while I was in the states, my family in Denmark, my mom and dad had a kid from Denver, Colorado, named Bob Corless, and he took my took over my room and and lived there and learned Danish for ten months. So it wasn't literally it was an exchange. Did he stay? Is he still living in then he got out of there. Bob went back to Colorado. He went back to Colorado. I mean We'ed is legal, you know. Yeah, what was the biggest difference between Denmark and Indianapolis? Oh Man, let me count the ways. Like your initial reaction. Did you really have the plan? Did you speak English really well? I mean no, I didn't. I barely spoke any the most bizarre thing would, looking back on it, God's is like I didn't speak the language, I didn't know anybody, and now I'm so intrenched in this I just became a US citizen about a month and a half ago. Iragulation for the star. I love it utiful. So, you know, it's kind of come full circle for me, but I didn't know a person in my story. Is really the American dream. It really is. It's going from nothing, having nothing, to creating something because of a great opportunity in the greatest country on earth. That's how I feel. And how so, if you take that into what's happening today, with all that's going on in our country, that it's kind of being divided because of immigration and all these things and the rhetoric that's out there, how do you feel about that, because it does give so many people an opportunity to live their dreams. Yeah, well, three things. I never talked about politics, religion and sexual preference, as I'm going to taint. But having said that, I believe in strong borders. I believe in coming here legally and, you know, pay taxes like everybody else and be gainfully impulp ployed and create a life, a great life, that you may not have had an opportunity to do in the country you came from. If you want to come to the United States, you have to be a law abiding citizen. You have to understand the bill rights. You know and and and you have to understand that it's a lawful country and that we all have to coexist with respect, despite our cultural differences or nationalities or languages. This is what America was built on. This is a melting pot of immigrants. Unless you were unless you came over involuntarily or you were a native American. We're immigrants and this country was built on on the thought that a better life was to be had in this country and that you had to work hard and if you had the talent, you would be given the opportunity and you would bide by the laws. This is something I believe in very strongly, and part of that is strong border control. I don't I don't think you can just open the flood gags and let people in and that's that's not healthy for any society. No countries doing that right now. That is hard, and then it's hard for people that are kind of fleeing persecution and stuff like that, and we don't have to get into all that. But there are, I think there are caveats to everything right there are. They're definitely should be legal, but there are people that need help, but I always say...

...we should help our own first, because we do have a lot of people. I just gave a guy driving up here today, day, but one of my bars, because he did you see him on the saw come here? Yeah, so my protein bar. I handed it out the window to him said good luck place you. Yeah, but do you have what? Do you have a do you have a Gust Gust Bar? No, no, I just had a Gatoray bar. I still love those things because they game to us all the time in the NFL and you still haven't when you played you share. Yeah, I have a little locks are from like there, from two thousand and eight with the Viking sell it. Yeah, well, they stay forever, the like a twinkie. Yeah, sure. Yeah. So more when you go to high school, you have a great advantage over the other guys in high school because you have this this great dialect that nobody's ever heard before in Indianapolis, and I'm sure the girls loved it. Well, I mean I did have a kind of a unique situation around prom time. Yeah, because in Denmark, the cultural kind of divide there is that you go out a big group of people and you figure out who you like. Who you don't like, you hang you hang around. That them right. So well, when Prom time came, I invited three girls and they all accept it. Wow, wewesome. They all said yes. And so then I really had a problem. Yeah, because, oay, girl, the girls ended up talking and saying, he invited, he asked you to prom. Yeah, he asked me to prom. So they basically confronted me and said you, you can't take all three of us. I go, why not? I like all three of you. That's is how we do it Denmark. I'm the very dean, he's the great day I was. It was literally very innocent guys. I know you guys are your minds are going right now and I don't go there, man, but Dave has girls in high school, so we don't ever go there. Yeah, I want to be totally respectful about this story, and it really was a cultural misunderstanding. I thought we were just going out, a group of guys and girls and okay, I'll these three. You know, we're going to have a good time and whatever happens happens and we'll have fun and it's going to be prom. But that's not the way he went down, man. They lined me up and say you got to choose one of them and it was very how do you make that decision? How did you choose? He need me? Ne He I it was it was bad. It was just not it was not well thought out of my part. It wasn't intentional. I'm sure the girl's parents were like mortified, like who's his heathen? You know, who's this? WHO's his viking coming over to try to cancer, you know, but it was really just a misunderstanding. So I just choose. I chose the the girl that I knew the best as far as a friend and and I told the other two girls will hopefully we'll see you and prom night and we can, you know, we can Dad Party together, dance together. Whatever was was. It was quite innocent. Really. Did you straighten that out the next year? Then you didn't. Well, I was, I was gone to college. Oh, you're a senior when you did? I was only that my scene. Yeah, that was at one time. Mix. That was a one off, for sure. Yeah, so more so you're you're in high school. You come over as a senior. Yeah, you said You were three sport athlete. Yeah, how did you get recruited? I mean in high school. They they didn't have a soccer team and I really wanted to play soccer and they said what, we can't help you there, but we do need a kicker. We need a kicker to come in and we have a really good football team, which we did. We were eleven and one that year. So we went to the state final. Simmy seem, me see my state. So I'm like do I do? I want to do this. And and I went to a jamboree and watch the game and I didn't really like what I saw, you know, I saw a pile of bodies. I saw a stretcher come in move a guy out, like I don't want to be part of this. Right, want to be those guys. So the next day, literally I've been...

...in the country for two days, they put all this, all this stuff on me. You know, show the pads, helme, I go. Do I got to wear all this stuff? Yeah, I mean it is unnecessary. I got my got my soccer beats and shorts. Come on, right. It became painfully obvious that I had to wear this stuff because it was a physical game and it was really tried by are we started extra points and we moved back when we got back to fifty yards and I'll still making them. Everybody's like, yeah, you are a new kicker, you know. That was and that's how it started. It literally was just trial and are. I had never I was kind of I was a little skeptical when I saw the ball and it wasn't round. That worried. Yeah, not used to hitting the ball as not round, but I figured it out pretty quickly actually, and and and just came to love the sport and love the fact that with my left foot I could decide games. I was pretty powerful. Like what your longest kick in high school had a forty seven yard of which was a county record back in one thousand nine hundred and seventy seven. Oh yeah, that would have been in high school. Forty seven with well, everybody was square two back then. Yeah, that's right, but I was first. I thought I kicked in high school with square toe. Yeah, you know, it was. It was in the early stages of soccer style kicking. I mean the Gogel Act brothers were really the first ones to introduce soccer style kicking, along with Yan Stan and rude right, and then we the next way with Gary Anderson, Eddie Murray Nick Lowry, myself, stoyanovitch, those guys, Jason Anson a little bit later. That was the next wave of guys that really solidified the soccer style kicking as a viable way to do it right. I help for a bunch of those guys. He actually talked about you were. Yeah, so Eddie Murray came to the Redskins from the lions, right, that's right, and we hit it off. He's great, great, I hey, dude, oh my God, and I remember we were in New York. More we were in New York. It's like zero degrees out and I gotta go out because he's got to get warmed up right, but I'm freezing right because I don't get one. I got my little oven gloves on and keep my fingers warm. And the first kick I barely get the ball down and he's kicking it already and like my fingers are just on fire because they just kick my whole both hands, you know what I mean? Yeah, he's literally been over laughing so hard because I forget what was our kicking coach, Rodriguez? Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, he, he said Eddie. That was like point five time. Yeah, so's so he's laughing so hard because, as he knows, it like he's just kicked me right to hands and right. And I like you end. I said I should Charlie Brown shoe and but we always had a good relationship. What's doing from the from the hold to the know, from the snap, from the snack to the GIG? Yeah, Eddie would have his hand on his knee. Remember you had that stand? Yeah, man, he was already leaning forward, you know, with a hand I he would have. I he would be standing with his leg and yeah, I remember that. And he was ready to fire. Man. So you had to be quick on the trigger. He had to be a perfect snap and you had to get that soccer down. Oh yeah, I helped for a lot. We were pretty fast, you and I would pretty fast. To Weird we will want to do time, like what are you gonna actually be under? I think in the NFL one to five or less, and you're not going to get anything in the egg gaps anymore anyway. You'd they can load the center. Yeah, anything from the size can't get there on the one, two, five, one, three mm because the wings sometimes we'll just chip, you know. Yeah. So, so when you think about that, Dave and it's a matter of like middle seconds, like it's between a block light. It's crazy. Yeah, it's tough, fast, it happens and it's well trained, man. Yeah, and if there's any it's anything is off with the ball, skips, if it's too high, if it's behind you and you got to get down, or if you don't...

...get the laces right, all that can can make a difference. So more what do you think? Like, because they you were gone when he moved extra points back. Yeah, I think it's a good thing for the game, because now it's not an automatic you know, before it was at ninety seven, ninety eight percent yeah, you were way over there. Snags are now, but it's a thirty three yard field goal. Is No longer an extra point. Yeah, you get a point. I keep telling my guys I work with, you got to change your mindset. It's a thirty three yard field goal and you getting one point. Yeah, yeah, that's the attitude you got to have kind of going into that thing. Not just a chip shot, and you know it's not a chip chare. Well, your what's it was this percentag for extra points, say, but but ninety eight? Yeah, yeah, yeah, you probably got out to night before. You missed one of those. So we were, you know, we were a little more I mean we were serious gusts, but we usually had a glass of wine the night before, right. Oh, yeah, Oh, yeah, we're scared. When you first started a league out for all the years you've played, I can't imagine how you've seen the league and the game change. Unbelievable. I was with Archie Manning, my rookie. Yeah, they traded him to Houston and then to the Vikings and then he decided it was really hard to throw the forward paths laying down looking that the lights. But he retired. He got tired and then Kenny Stabler came. The snake was my locker mate for two years. Oh, how was he like? Did he ever freeze your clothes out in the ask my liver? Oh, as I was gonna say, talk about a pregame. Can you stabler? That wasn't any was awesome cookies. Yeah, yeah, you know, he'd be on the one yard line in the huddle and tell the guys, Hey, guys, we got them right where we want them. We had to go ninety nine yards, stuff like that. He was famous for, you know. Oh, yeah, he was the best. You even and you've been somewhere around some great players. I mean all your years play in the League. I was telling Dave to I can't imagine, like I played fifteen years and for the time that you've been in league. Yeah, it's just amazing. WE GO DOWN TO NEW ORLEANS, we're playing with the Vikings right. Then we go down to know eight mark this play the saints with the Vikings as of Falcons. I can't remember who we played. Well, I was with you know eight. I was out of ball. No, no, I'm I'm sorry. I know for when we win. Did we play down with it? Yeah, we did, member, because you had a big spread waiting for us when we came out after the game. Yeah, I had the Italian joint pistata. Yeah, we come out, how are you doing? Yeah, Oh my God, we come out after the game and literally table set up. It's like you're at a restaurant. Usually come out and get like a hoagie. Yeah, you know where you go to the raiders and you get it in an out burger, but they're we had a good bread, I would say. Had wine out there too. Might side of it was the best. It was a well Mike Tyson. I had kind of a you know why? We had a little wine club going, you know, saw we would share a lot of Info. He liked his red wine and I like my red wine, so there might have been a bottle of two on the planes once in a while. Yeah, that's say about that. So more than you had. It sounds like pretty much immediate success as a high school kicker right off the bat. You're you're pretty good year. Yeah, pretty good. Now, what's the recruiting process? Like? You're already a seniors or kind of late in the game, but you probably got noticed pretty quickly too. So who? Yeah, what schools are you looking at? I wasn't looking at all. I was like, this is happening really wildly fast. I mean this is crazy. So Michigan State started coming down and watching my games and communicating with the family and so, to put put the background kind of down, they were all produced Barla makers, and so they really were pushing me to go to purdue. Perdue was interested, but not as interested as Michigan State. And Michigan State had...

...a Danish kicker named Hans Nielsen, and Hans came down and closed the deal on signing day perdue had offered me full ride, Michigan State had offered me a full ride and some smaller schools had offered full rides. I'm talking three months after I got to the country. Wow, wow, it was. What are your parents say about that? I hadn't told him yet. Really this was I was scared. I was scared call my mother and say hey, I want to stay another four years, because she's thinking I'm coming home after ten months. Yeah, but I finally, you know, before I signed my letter of intent on fourteen of February, I had to call. I said, mom, I have an opportunity to get four years of college here with no no dead you know I mean. This is this is huge for me and I want to give it a shot. I can always come home if it doesn't work out. I can I can bail and come home. And she was she wasn't liking it, but she understood that it was my dream, you know, and and something I wanted to do and it wasn't just something flash in the PAN that I had thought about it. And I put Hans on the phone, said how you talk to my mother? See, she let him have her peace, and then he's like look, at it me with desperate look like take the phone please. Yeah, that's what he that's why. So, when was the first time your parents got to come what you play? So they did really didn't come very much at all because they were working at the time and my mother was a teacher in a librarian at school. My Dad was a school psychologist. So they were working full time. They just couldn't take off work and come. My last game my senior year, my father came with a hunting friend. They went hunting, deer hunting, and then they came to the game and and we're recognized and stood there and wave to the crowd, but they didn't didn't really they came to a bunch of games in my pro career, right, Super Bowl, the Vikings in ninety nine there and you had a little money and you could fly them over, right. You know, I used to get a check from my family for a hundred fifty bucks a month and it was a there was a two week waiting period for it to clear because it was an international check. Right. I was so dirt poor I was like litter. I'd go to the bank almost every day when mom and this is back before you know. These are landlines only. There were no cell phones, there was no worldwide web, there's no Internet, there was no nothing. Right. So the way you communicate it was through letters, letters. So might take a week for me to get a letter from her because I didn't have a phone in my dorm room right that that had international calling. I couldn't call her. Well, I would have to go to the football office try to get a call in, you know. Well, that had to be crazy you, because you get a full scholarship, you don't have to pay for anything, but then you're still dirt no money, you're broke or so. You have to eat every meal on campus, right. You don't get to do anything else a lot of the other guys are doing. Probably any paper was huge. Yeah, and you can't apply for a Pale grant or any of the other stuff that. He's a plow was a foreign student. Also, every Sunday my buddy and I, Joe Harowhich was my roommate from Pittsburgh, was pulled a Polish guy. Great Dude. We go and Pledge Fraternity's because it was a free spaghetti dinner and they would just bail after the so we hit all the Pratt houses on Sundays because they were open house. Oh yeah, they probably loved having you. Then we forgot that. One Sunday we went back to the same house to try to heat. Now, God, you were here a couple of weeks ago. Man, it's funny. That's hey y. had to do what you had to do. You know, I worked in the summertime. I worked at a alum Nice plant. I was in the way house, moving boxes, you know, whatever I could do. Five six bucks an our man to try to make enough money so I can get through in the fall so I wouldn't have to...

...just eat dorm food, because you know dorm food after a while, man. Yeah, it just gets rough brutal. That was really wild time, formative time, where you really kind of had to a little bit the world of suck, but you didn't really think it sucked because you were you know, you didn't know any better. But what was the training like for you in College? Like so high school we never are lifted or did anything. Barely. Yeah, coach would do it in two days and some stuff like that. But then you get to college and it's a whole different world. You're lifting every day and you're going through the stuff to debt improve you're kicking or did you not do much? Now I did quite a bit. I got you know, I was one seventy nine in high school. That was my weight, one hundred and seventy nine, and I think I got up to in college. I got to about two thousand and five, you know. So put on quite a bit of Muscle in college, of twenty pounds or whatever you want to call it. So and then in the pros, of course, with all the specific training it got my playing weight most of my career was two hundred and twenty five. I was at two hundred and twenty five at the end of maybe two thirty was my plane. So yeah, it was just the but back then they were they didn't have the specific offseason training. They pretty much treated every position the same. Now it's very now it's very specific depending on how position you play. Do you think kicking in the big ten with the weather, I mean East lancing and like November, it's probably not real pleasant like that, did that make you a better kicker? Do you think, versus if you went to USC and you had beautiful days every time you try to kick? I mean there was some dacy stuff. What yeah, I you know, I think mentally I became a stronger kicker kicking in the elements there and kicking at, you know, northwestern on Lake, Michigan and Illinois and Ohio State and Michigan and Wisconsin. There's no break. Yeah, you know, we've brutals. It made me like really strong mentally and I was pretty confident anyway. And then I really had a really good I had a good junior year, but I really had a great senior year. I hit a sixty three arts, still a big ten record against Ohio state and it you know, I became an all American, that I Walter Campbell American Apupi all Americans. So the senior it was important, obviously for many reasons for the draft and for your prospect moving forward, for to play on Sunday afternoon, but it really was a very gradual sort of my junior year I switched from a two inch tea to a one inch tea in preparation for the League, and my senior year I really was kicking a lot off the ground. Not In games, but a lot in practice. I was kicking off the ground. So I was trying to get ready. That's my junior year. Realized I might have a shot at going next level. So you'd a pretty good idea you were going to make the lect next level. But getting drafted is a kicker. Is Not a very common thing. And you were, I mean fourth rounds pretty third pick, fourth round, almost their third round. They were looking at me in the third. Rock Tamba Bay was actually looking to have me in the at the end of the third round and they passed and then the saints took me to would pick in the fourth and I had had no communication with the saints. We were I was living on five hundred and thirty three evergreen in an animal house with six other five other guys. Couldn't have been more different. I mean it's literally the kitchen was a science project and it was I never, I never stepped foot in there. Man, it was you know, when the roachers are bigger than you, it's it's not place to hang. But we had a party that day, have draft party. I had invited I don't know. We probably had about a hundred people in anticipation of the of me being drafted. My agents were there from Cleveland and all my roommates were there...

...and it was kind of an open house in and out, and this was the in the infancy of ESPN with Chris Burman. They was just really starting to be televised. It's not the extravagant production that it is now, right, but the phone didn't ring until five o'clock and we had a keg. By five o'clock. The Keg was floating. The guy that the local TV guy who was supposed to interview me when I got drafts passed out on the couch, the camera pans and sitting in a in a chair, sleeping, the camera over shoulder and the phone rings again. Is a landline guy, so you know. And it's out in the kitchen. So I got one of my roommates grabbed and goes it's some dude named Bump Phillips. Holy Shit, I'm you know, this is it. It's a Runna here, you know, and I remember Bumb going the first thing he said to me what, Hey, hey, Mortan, Mr is Bum Phillip, do you like Budweiser and country music? I was like yes, sir, just drafted you, and that was really literally that the conversation I had would bomb. He goes here's Jack Cherry, has assistant. Here's the specific when we want you to come. And then it was party on at the Anderson Residence. Man, it was. I have a picture of a huge, like gallon glass jar with with the remnants of the of the Keg. The pictures me just dumping it on my head. What the experience, man, but the NFL? Man. Yeah, yeah, I didn't have that. That one I was at my parents house and we didn't really do that kind of thing when your parents are around. I'm well, we were by ourselves. I'm my parents were six thous miles away. When did you call them? I called him right away. I went to the football office because we couldn't call him from the house, so I went ride over and broke them up, because six hours different. Yeah, they excited for you. Yeah, they were. They were very, very excited. They didn't really understand it, but I said, listen, I'm staying longer, I'm not coming home. Hey, I'm gonna get a job in football. What do you guys think about that? They're probably like, what do you mean? Yeah, what, what? What are your mom thought you were coming home. College is over. Yeah, yeah, yeah, come home. And you know, I was actually going to be a translator at the you. My goal was to be a translator. United Nations are being in some type of international business, which is what I'm doing today with this kind of crazy. So, but it's winemaking, isn't it? Well, winds not not so much wine make. I mean my parents and other families are in that. But I mean a couple of the spaces. We can have a conversation about it if you want to. So, but well, I mean that had to be just a crazy experience. And then you go to the saints, when you walk into the locker room for the first time, I mean to me my experience with locker room. I had the hogs and, you know, different people there and it was in the mid S. Yeah, to be in the s just talking to all the older players, it was a way different experience. Yea, what was that like for you? WHO DID YOU COMPETE DEFINITE ROOKIE YEAR? Well, they had a guy named Benny Ricardo and they were ready to part ways with Benny, but they wanted to make sure that I could do the job. So in training camp it was very beats down to dodgertown, very beach. Florida was hotter than Haiti and I decided I was going to get this over with really fast. So the very first practice he's warming up like thirty yards. I went back to like midfield and started bombing kicks over him into make heard of sixty yards, and for some reason during the night he had an epiphany and decided to depart. In the next morning everybody was where's Benny, and any was gone on billy in the jets was I think. When you're a kicker and your team drafts a kicker, you...

...know your trouble right off the bat. Yeah, you can't their writings on the and then, and then when manny taking over yield, yeah, and all you can hear is like this cannon behind you. Yeah, you got the message, I think. So you had to be UN to be pretty sight going into an indoor team, though, right, as a kicker, that's what you won't ever given much thought, to be honest with you, because I had been four years outside. So that wasn't that wasn't a deciding fact of me. It was a bonus. Yeah, because you eliminate the elements. Well, being in New Orleans, oh how to be. I mean that beats some places you could have gone. I mean, I didn't know anything about New Orleans I was the thing that the most of the correspondence I had had my senior in college was Dallas Cowboys, the Chicago bears, Troy Lions teams around there. Fun City, though. Just just imagine what the Anderson House was like in New Orleans. If we just heard what it was like, I care should know. It's can't even imagine that. I did have any baster pad for about thirteen years down it's kind of a California lofthouse. For some reason. I had a flat roof. Really bad idea to have a flat roof in New Orleans and rains a lot. But it had a back with palm trees. Had a nice big fans, very private. Nice about that. It's good. Beats Buffalo. Yeah, it does be. Buffalo, Buffalo. He would have ever went outside. No more were what was the first game winning field goal you've ever kicked? It was a forty one yard from the right hatch against the bears in one thousand nine hundred and eighty three. Trying to think who the quarterback was. Archie was gone. So a lot of the my first year and eighty two was spent like archies leaving at the legends leaving and then at a player strike in eighty two as well, and I had an injury, so I was out for eight weeks and we only played like seven games in eighty two. But in eighty three, was very early on in the in the year, I had my first game winner and it was a forty one yarder from the right hash. I'm trying to think. I will show you, guys. There was a clip right here, shut to you. No, I don't have it. I thought I had it. I'm sure you got a lot of pictures like that. Yeah, but it was a picture of my first game, whenever, from the newspaper. You know they I think Anderson is just bootiful something like that. That's a nice, nice one. Nice, Nice, a very good play on where it's what have you ever been like really nerves, like you know? Yes, a big kick. Yeah, I'M gonna saw. I was going to. I was going to lead into the next one saying year we're playing Atlanta Falcons in Fulton County Stadium. Kenny stables a quarterback and we're down by two points and there's less than two minutes ago and it's clear that we're going to try to win this thing on a field goal and Kenny is kind of dinking and doing get it down the field and I'm nervous now, I am, I'm, I'm my hearts pumping out of my chest and it is coming down to her and he drives us down. I have a thirty five yard of from the left Hash. Yeah, and Kenny just coolly cult calls time out and I know I got to go out there now and deliver and win the game. And I'm I am so nervous, and he grabs me by the shoulder and he goes, come here more, let's go home, let's go home nice as like. Wow, the legend the legs just gave me validation, man, that he's not even questioned the fact that I'm I'm not making this kick. I'm making this kick because we're going home. Right, go home, let's go home more. The snake all said that, you sneak. Thanks, say to me. So I pop piped it and we went home with the snake, went and drank about twelve beers. I use the Black Label Dad guy. Oh, was he really? Yeah, he was a black label. Now, as as the only non NFL player. But in this threesome here is there a lot of...

...trash talking to kickers from the guys in the line before when you're lining up. Yes, a lot, but you know, as I got better at it and had more experiences, I just it was wide noise. You know, I didn't. I knew I couldn't troll. You control effort and attitude and how Youre going to do that, and everything else is white noise. I did and spend a lot of time on things I couldn't control. I knew Philly was real bad, that froll batteries at you and Boo Santa Claus and tell talk about your mother. You know, Atlanta the team, but the fans were you know, they depended on the stadium. But you know, Atlanta was not a very good team and really we were in a very good team with the saints either. So there was it was a rivalry, but there wasn't that much trash talking because, you know, in order to trash talk you got to have something to base it on. You know, right, right, right, otherwise it's stupid, it's depidity, you know. Well, even for me, I never people always ask me that question, like when you're playing quarterback, to the other guys trash, you know, saying Shit to you out there and I'm like, I never really. I mean maybe one day were laying on top of me after they sacked me or something. They would say something in your face and then you hear it, but as it's happening, even when I was a kicker or holding for all the kickers I did, you never hear anything because you're so focused on your job. That's yeah, just goes out the window. You know, anybody ever tell you? I ask You, who's your Daddy, when they were on top of you like that? Maybe, maybe, no, no, maybe, Danis Tubba film and it because we were friends and I've known him for a long time and he was literally when he played for theers. He was laying on top of me and he's just laughing because it's because pounding. Good Bryant was laying there too, right there, both on me. He's laugh and I'm like you bastards, and he's he's that. Yeah, I think it was the time, only time. So he said WHO's Your Daddy? Guess, come on, just who hit? He wouldn't get until I told him. Yeah, yeah, well, Tom Randall was another trash talker and I'm good friends with John. Now, you know, with the Vikings. He would. He would would do research. That dude would do research on the guy he played and he would crush him like if he was at if the guy he played against had marital problems, he would go right there. Oh yeah, got very dark place. He was insane, but just a great guy now, I mean I playing against them, you know, we're in the face paint everything. He was like Gons, so good im dating, but now he's just he's just a great guy. Love the game, loves the players and just one of the all time best. I want to ask more. What about the the quick time out right before the snap? Does that bother you? Is that something that we didn't have his kickers, that that wasn't his? Watch them, was it? There was none. Yeah, you know the time I would come much earlier. They didn't have that. Never happened. What do you think about you now? I mean, I don't like it. I think it's on sportsman like. Yeah, it is. I think it's almost better to not call the things tickets. You think you're going to kick, you think you're going to call and you don't. It almost skip through you off. Yeah, I don't know if that really affects anybody. I mean I think you just gotta focus on what you control. And if they call time out, I mean you're kicking the ball regardless. All right, so you get a practice kick, big deal. Kick it again, recycle. Yeah, you probably not like, Oh my God, I gotta kick it again. I never done that. Right. Well, you know what? One of the amazing things about mort Dave is that what he did was kicking three fifty or field goals in one game. I mean even though the all these guys they train have these big legs and in all this stuff, that record I don't know if it's ever going to be broken. We'll just tood yeah, it's a tempt three fifty yards only game. It's so unusual. And then a little of me guys are tied it. Other guys have done it. Nobody has had four. Right, right, I don't do that's that's a lot. I mean to try and go do for in a game. It's a lot, you know, definitely a lot. That coach has to have pretty big balls, you know. I'd love to see a rule yes, N segue. You...

...know, I'd like to see a rule change where a sixty ARD field will gets you four points. What do you think about that? I think that would be great, I really do, because that like that, that would be a great rule change. And I don't know what's going on with kickoffs either, because it's not ended tea. I know what they were trying to do. They're trying to keep the game safe, but it just, it just took so much away from the game. Not only that, guys, the kickoff, but what about the on side kick? That used to be a really exciting play. Now you can't overload, you have to have five and five, yeah, and you have to wait to cross ten yards before you can hit somebody and all that. If we're really trying to engage the fans and make the experience for the fans better, bring back at least the on side kick where you can overload and have a scrum there ten twelve yards down the field. That's an exciting play, man, that's a game changer. Did you and that's not going to create a ton of injuries. No, no, but it's the particle. I see. Yeah, yeah, it's not. It's not like you know, and it's day the kickoff and start on the twenty five. What's the point? That's what we're doing now. Yeah, like just eliminated. That's what I say. It's not even worth it, like taking in. The Games are so long. everybuddy once it's, you know, sped up twenty five. Right exactly. What was your favorite type on sidekick when you did on side kicks? Well, I have. I created the Anderson, the big bounce, big pounded in the ground. Let it hang twelve yards on the numbers, overload and let's go play ball. Rebound. Get my best receiver up there, you know, like a o richtor when I was with the chiefs, or tyrone young with New Orleans, as a big lanky guy with long arms and hands and good hands, and go up and get it. And we would do it in a deliberate or its surprise on side setting, where it looks like I'm going to kick off, but at the very end I change directions. A pounded in the ground, guys are already flying back and as a void and we just come in and we down the balls. I'll ball. We did that. They even change the rules where you can't even start on a run. Now you have to be standing still until the kicker kicks it right. Correct. I mean that's I think that's five yards or three. I didn't think it's. Yeah, I think it's shorter than five yards of the kick. Yeah, is the is he anderson more effective on artificial turf? Yeah, bounce or not. A bastard to get a bounds if it's wet or muddy, it's hard. Yeah, did you see the jar's game the other day when they kick? I don't know if it was a kicker of the punter. They did that. They drop kicked it. Oh, they drop kicked? Yeah, yeah, they he spun it up in like for it to hit perfect and so that he could con then put it way up in the air right. Yeah, yeah, he can't times though. Yeah, the same concept. There's lots of good stuff that we experimented with. I would experiment on hitting. If you had the ball, hit it on the side, so we would spin on its axis. Yeah, and would go ten yards and come back. Wow, yeah, because of the rotation. We tried that in preseason. They didn't didn't work out, but hey, least that you tried it now, they wouldn't even. But those are the type of things, guys that we would work on in in pretty you know, prepractice. Shout. They're messing around right now, just having some fun. Having some fun. And Yeah, you know, they just took all that away. Now you don't kick your right and work on that kind of stuff anymore. And then when they got to have to kick a on side to try and get the ball back, they don't have it. There's no way. It doesn't get a play. Play used to be about twenty seven percent. Now it's a seven percent play. Jeez, on sidekick. Wow, it's not even worth it. Most coaches wouldn't even try it. Now let's dropped. It's dropped twenty percent, guys. That's not a play. Yes, it's a yeah, yeah, so more. You've had an incredible experience.

Football has given you a lot. What are you doing now to give back? What are your charities? What are you who you working with? What are you what? I mean? You got the gold jacket, so you do a lot, I'm sure. Yeah, I'm busy. My wife and I started a family foundation in two thousand and eight when I retired, called the mornanders and Family Foundation. I'll motto is very simple. What you give will grow, what You keep will perish. We we help boys and girls clubs, quality of live programs for kids, mostly in the Atlanta area. Great when I was with the New York football giants. It was during nine eleven and two thousand and wanted made a really heavy impact on our lives. My wife was getting ready to come out of Manchester when everything went down at zero am on Tuesday nine hundred and eleven. So you're flying back from the broncos game. I was with on the bronchets at that time. That's right. We came in at zero am and I'll plane, united plane, were landed and and gated right next to flight ninety three that went down in Pennsylvania. Wow, yeah, they had to make an impact. You in you're pretty heavy. So on the heels of all that, we decided to also help our special OPS, soldiers and their families. We created an event we now eight years into that called special teams for special OPS. We raised over a million dollars for our special up soldiers and their families through a golf tour down here in an auction dinner and partners and sponsors have been great for that. So you know, I we give to numerous charities. It's not just the boys and girls clubs and our special up soldiers, but it's it's a variety of local causes, athletic programs that we help kids in sports and Prevention of obesity. So we have a wide kind of specter that we we cover. And then I have a company, a for profit company, and in more than Anas and global I'm in the event space, in the golf event space. We just finished a week in New York with sixteen European business guys playing private clubs and flying around there playing golf. And we do a masters event for a week and we also do a European event in Ireland and around Europe with sixteen US guys. And then I am a brandon bassador for certified anchors beef and also for a online bedding company out of Copenhagen. And better collective. Better collective is in the space of empowering the eye Gamer and helping them make the experience of online bedding better, more transparent and more power in, more entertaining for the eye Gamer. So they educated, so they don't have a gambling but that's so it's also fun for them and engaging and we are we're trying to partner with a lot of different among others, the NFL. We're hoping to get into that space now with the repeal of PAFTA, that it's up to the individual states to who do what they want to do with the online gaming space. So lots of interesting stuff going on. Guys do a lot of yeah, we had we had a nick bought a deal and from fandel reviewed him. So you know, that's kind of the same thing that you're doing right. Yeah, draft kings just signed a deal with the NFL. So Fan duel is one of the biggest ones, obviously, and better collected. Has Lot of affiliate partners in the DFS space, the daily fantasy sports space, Rotoe Grinderscom, we have vegas inside ercom and US dat bed us, beds uscom. So a lot of a lot of different affiliate partners that are trying to engage the eye gamer and make it a more positive, transparent experience. He used to be that the off off, off shore book. He's had all the power and was kind of a dark space. Now it's it's becoming much more transparent and and lighter, much better...

...experience for the eye game. Right. Well, I've want some money in college, being more in techmo super bowl he was money and tech. When super bowl him kicking and Bow Jackson running. I was the first Tickman, tech Mo. Yeah, you were under it was a unbelievable you. Those were like sixty five yarders from techno. You get you, I got really, I got Mad Street tread with my kids. I have a fifteen year old and a nineteen year old who's a sophomore Michigan state right now. But I made. I was on Madden two thousand and two thousand and nineteen, I think it was at what might have been twenty twelve. Was a legends kicker there. So Nice, Hey, mad and they said, man, we can more than we can. You know we can do it, we can play you right. Yeah, in your chickens. Fifty five yarders, Hey, more. One last things we like to do is we do a little no huddle. We fire some questions that kind of normally wouldn't get asked, and so it's a lot of fun to fire back. Good Day. Okay, Morton, if there was going to be a Mount Rushmore kickers, let's assume you're on it. But who are the other three kickers on that Mount Rushmore? Jan Stener, rude, Justin, Tucker, Adam minetarry. Yeah, Nice, it is venetary going to be the next kicker to get in the hall fame? Oh, absolutely, yeah, might be first ballot. Yeah, all right. More, what's your biggest pet peeve? Second boats, I think just the dishonesty, you know, not being authentic. Right, yeah, you, lack of authenticity. One thing of human being should be should be authentic. Right, all right. If you were NFL commission her for day, and now we kind of went through some of the issues with the kick AFS and stuff, you guys talked about others than a kicking rule. If you're commissioner for a day, what rule would you change? Well, I would rather be take a bigger picture, and I say I would, I would make sure that we took care of the pre ninety three guys and the legends that build this game and make sure they have a pension that is commentionary with their contribution to the league. It's a disgrace that the players that came before's have lackluster pension and healthcare. Healthcare for life and a better pension for for everybody. Right, I agree with that one. So more, if we're flipping through your phone right now and we had a land on something and you could call them and they would pick up, who's the most famous person in your roller decks right now. Wow, I got Jimmy Buffett in there. It's five o'clock somewhere, baby. That's well, I don't have Jimmy, I have Jimmy Buffetts, like righthand guy. They can get to Jimmy right, but Jimmy would take the call. I bet you listen to a lot of Jimmy Buffett in your time. Yeah, who else? I have the prince, the Crown Prince of Denmark, who that's a first for the show. You see being more than Adderson Fan. He's a night sal x NAVC you. Is He really? It's pretty bad to the bone guy. He could kill you out about twenty different behind us his royal highness, Crown Prince Fel well, how do you say his name? Crown prins like Frederick Friedrik, Frederick Frederick. Awesome. He's a pretty awesome good if, more than if you could go back in time and tell a young Morton Anderson one bit of advice, would that be? Oh Man, HMM, you know, don't don't burn the candle in both ends. Maybe as much, I think, maybe that don't wing it for eight years before...

...you realize you hit a performance plateau. And now it became real serious and if I don't get my shit together, I'm out of the League. So I would say have have more like levity and perspective earlier. But you know, when you're not fully baked, I think the problem is you don't have levity, you don't have to perspective, you think you're invincible. You know this, guys? Oh Yeah, I think you know. We think we're invincible, and with age and wisdom comes this perspective that maybe I could have done it in a different way, that I might have been even better at what I did well, and maybe not ask three girls the problem. Yeah, well, that was ultra misunderstanding. I understand you have daughters and I have full respect for the divine Venus, believe me. Yeah, there you go. So, mort if you could be anyone else for one day, alive or dead, who would that be? A rock and roll guy, lead singer of a band, standing on stage and just rocking it out because like stones or yeah, we're Letts Zeppelin. Could you imagine to be to be Robert Plant for twenty four hours would be like a lifetime of us, like in like one thousand nine hundred and seventy four or something like that. Imagine that, like Gene Simmons, like Robert Plant, without all the drugs and all the venereal diseases. I think, like Roger Daltrey. Would we get to you know, we would be a bad me with dagger. The JAGG will be cool to stones, or like Queen on after what was the the biggest live aid live like in Wimbley? Did you like that movie? Oh, yeah, did, I did like it. It was good. It's pretty good. It's really good. Do you have for it? It's good. It was great. That crowd scene was right. I could imagine it. I mean, could you imagine the lady, you know, Radio Gaga and the whole thing moving like that? All in them. It's part that power you must feel, right. Oh yeah, Um. Well, speaking of movies, you have a favorite sports movie? The favorite sports movie has to be caddy shack. It's great. I can see on a sports movie, you know. Yeah, Oh, yeah, definitely, it's a sports movie. Well, NLESS, you don't consider golf of sport. It's a sport. What what's your handicap? By the way, a twelve point five. I wasn't eight by couldn't play to it. I'm so happy. I'm a twelve five. Takes a lot of pressure off. I'm an eight two and I wish I was at to it five. We'll just keep turning in your scores and you will be yeah, are you lefty Golfer? I'm sorry, are you play lefthanded golf? lefthanded? I bet he can hear a mile. No, I don't hit it far, but I hit it pretty straight. So good, pepper and potter. So with what would your nickname be on the golf course? Would it be still the Great Dane or King? It couldn't be King of kicks. No, I don't know. I don't know. I mean I think I'm playing golf more for the the Calmaraderie, you know, playing a lot of events where it's a shamble or scramble, so you're not playing your own ball a lot. Yeah, and then it's more Bob than networking and socializing and telling stories. And they they want you there because, yeah, play, would you? They want to hang out. They don't care where you hit it either, just they don't. Yeah, it means long as if you can play a little bit. Yeah, and you swing out your ass and the ball just goes everywhere. Yeah, yeah, you just grab a beer at the next cooler and I just played that page black with in the Joe name of tournament and that's like the bit toime death March man it. So how long did it take? Like seven hours? Now, took us about five hours, but it's walking with caddies and it's just so difficult. Yeah, they wanted me to play this year and I couldn't because we were doing something with the podcast. And...

...have you ever played it? No, yeah, you need to go because we go the night the day before we play Glen Oaks, which is a Gostel like really nice on Long Island. Yeah, you'd love it. Well, I live four doors down from Oakmont, so I play that like a standard sparks had given played that Pike Wood national over in Morgantown. Yeah, one time I was just at the red skins. I wasn't very good. How great is that? That place is beautiful. Yeah, I'm oral. Laurels Ne's another one, Laurel. Well, if you ever get to post Pattie. Yeah, Laurel Valleys beautiful too, but if you ever get to Pittsburgh will go play oakmont. Okay, that sounds from them. We'll go play my course, I'm a member at we'll go first. But Hey, more we appreciate you coming on, jumping in a huddle with us today and telling us some stories that maybe people haven't heard, and I think our fans will love it. We want to thank you for listening to huddle up with gusts, a RADIOCOM original. You can find our show on RADIOCOM, the new RADIOCOM APP or anywhere you listen to your favorite podcast. Please leave us in review or comment if you enjoyed the show. We are on facebook, twitter, instagram and Youtube at huddle up with Guss. You can also visit us on our website, huddle up with gustscom.

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