ReitzFootball.com would like to extend our congratulations to Morton Andersen, the legendary kicker, as he has been elected into the National Football League’s Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Andersen, who was famously known for how few extra points he missed during his career (he only missed four out of 130 in his college career and 10 out of 859 during his pro career), will forever be appreciated by West Siders for the one he missed during the Panthers’ regional championship game against Ben Davis on November 11, 1977.
After building up a 13-0 lead, Andersen was called in to attempt his second extra point of the evening.
The Danish exchange student, who hadn’t missed one all year, did just that. The Panthers, trailing by 13, staged an amazing comeback and went on to win, 14-13, to earn a berth in their first IHSAA state championship game.
But let’s not take anything away from Andersen. His accomplishments are well deserving of inclusion into the NFL’s Hall of Fame. He’s a seven-time Pro Bowler. He leads the league in all-time points scored. He only missed 15 extra points in a 30-year career.
However, on one cold November evening, his magic could not work, and the Mighty Panthers emerged victorious.