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Morten Andersen gets another chance to kick down Hall of Fame door

Morten Andersen will have yet another chance to kick down the Pro Football Hall of Fame doors for kickers everywhere.

The NFL's all-time leading scorer -- who is also the leading scorer in New Orleans Saints history -- was named as one of 26 Hall of Fame semifinalists on Wednesday.

This is Andersen's fifth try since he first became eligible in 2012. Now 56 years old, he has cracked the list of 15 finalists in each of the past three years but has not yet made it to the final 10.

Andersen is trying to become only the second true kicker to make the Hall of Fame, and the first since Jan Stenerud was enshrined in 1991. I wrote last year about how many of the NFL's current great kickers, such as Adam Vinatieri and Justin Tucker, are pulling for Andersen to buck the trend.

Known as the "Great Dane" because he is a native of Denmark, Andersen played 25 seasons in the NFL for the Saints, Falcons, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings. He played in more games (382) and scored more points (2,544) than any player in NFL history.

Andersen was a member of both the 1980s and 1990s all-decade teams, and he was selected to seven Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams.