This Throwback Thursday, we're taking at look some of the Falcons greats as we continue to celebrate 50 seasons, presented by Equifax.
The NFL on Thursday announced 15 modern-era finalists for the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, and Falcons legend Morten Andersen, now in his fourth year of eligibility, made the cut. Mike Kenn, one of 25 semifinalists, didn't receive enough votes to move on.
Andersen, 55, played 25 years in the NFL—13 with Atlanta. The Denmark native is best known for his game-winning kick in the 1998 NFC Championship Game, which sent the Falcons to their first Super Bowl appearance. In 2006, during his second stint in Atlanta, he became the all-time NFL leader in points and field goals made. In his final season before retiring at 47 years old, Andersen made 25 of 28 field goals—a 89.3 percent success rate, the best of his illustrious career.
Andersen was named to seven Pro Bowls, six All-Pro teams and the All-Decade teams for the 1980s and 1990s.
Kenn, 59, was drafted by the Falcons in the first round (13th overall) of the 1978 Draft. A powerful, consistent offensive tackle, the University of Michigan product spent all of his 17 NFL campaigns with Atlanta and owns the franchise records for most games played and started (271).
Ken was named to five Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams. The Falcons retired his No. 78 in 2008.