Morten Andersen inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Terrell Davis wants more attention paid to the running game, and stronger hall consideration for running backs - something similar to this year, when both he and LaDainian Tomlinson were selected.

Former NFL player Morten Andersen, right center, poses with a bust of himself, presenter, son, Sebastian Andersen, left center, and family members during an induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, August 5, 2017 in Canton, Ohio. When I'm at home and I do something, if I forget something I have to stop to think, 'Is this because I'm getting older or I'm just not using my brain, or is this an effect of playing football? Regardless, these four are going to be in the conversation for Canton until the day they finally get in. "He was a great, great kicker for so many years". "Man, this is what I dreamed of, to continue my career and continue to play at a high level and I think that's coming true".

Andersen joins Jan Stenerud as the enshrined kickers; Ray Guy is the only pure punter in the hall.

Andersen has played in more games than any other player in National Football League history and ranks No. 1 all-time in field goals made.

He relayed how he almost quit his rookie year of 1995 when the Broncos were playing a preseason game in Tokyo only to be saved by a language barrier with the front desk person. Davis was the catalyst for the National Football League titles Denver won in 1997 and '98 with another Hall of Famer, John Elway, at quarterback. He kicked an NFL-record eight field goals of 50 yards or more, including three in one game to beat his former team, the Saints.

Andersen doesn't expect a special teams player to get in yearly, instead targeting "every three to five years".

"I owe Bum Phillips a huge tip of the 10-gallon hat", Andersen said.

A seniors committee choice, Easley played only seven seasons and 89 games for Seattle.

Easley said if he has a critique of Thomas and Chancellor it is that he thinks they too would rather hit the receiver than go after the ball, which he said limits their opportunities to get interceptions. That led to more campaigning by Davis. The others are Dick Butkus, Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Reggie White, all of whom were first-ballot inductees to the Hall. "Once they make you a Hall of Famer, you are a Hall of Famer for life".

Asked if he'd like to follow Easley into the Hall of Fame Thomas said "of course".

Vanessa Coleman

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