SI: Growing up in Denmark, did you ever kick a football?
Andersen: I never kicked a football until I came to this country
in 1977 as an exchange student, at Ben Davis High in
Indianapolis, for my senior year.
SI: How do you say, "Morten Andersen is the best kicker in NFL
history," in Danish?
Andersen: Morten Andersen er den bedste sparket I NFL historien.
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SI: What did you think the first time you kicked a football?
Andersen: I thought the ball was weird. I didn't know what to
expect. I was used to kicking round balls [as a soccer player] in
SI: You kicked your 500th NFL field goal on Nov. 23, only the
second player in history to do that [along with Gary Anderson].
How did you last long enough to kick 500 field goals?
Andersen: Consistency. Preparation. Hard work. You've got to have
a plan, have goals and have good people around you.
SI: You played for the Saints as long as anyone in franchise
history--13 years--yet you last wore their uniform nine years
ago. That says something for your longevity.
Andersen: I feel my career has been three entities--one with the
Saints, one with the Falcons and a third sort of career with the
Giants and the Chiefs.
SI: No one has played past the age of 48 in the NFL. What makes
you think you can kick in 2010, at 50?
Andersen: Because I stay in good shape. I can still kick. Nobody
is guaranteed tomorrow, but why not have goals that are cool and
SI: Where will you be on the opening Sunday of the 2010 season?
Andersen: I'll be stretching and getting ready to kick in an NFL