He's an integral part of the team's history, no question, but his on-the-field contributions jus don't measure up. He was the best of a very bad bunch, true. Now, if you want to argue for his overall contributions, which include his broadcast time after he was done playing? I think there's a solid argument there.Absolutely correct on this bolded part.
But he was all we ever had for the first 20 years that was ever anything, and that's 40% of the franchise's existence. You can't just erase the past.
And he took his beatings and stayed a local guy and never ever ever complained win or lose -- if that doesn't epitomize everything about what a Saints lifer is, I can't help you.
Not to go all Catholic on you, but if you think of him as our Moses (who himself never got to the Promised Land after all that effort). or John the Baptist (foretelling of the future), it's easier to understand.
You can say this is an old-timer's confirmation bias, but my gentle response would be....go **** yourself. If we hadn't hung in there, the NFL never steps in in 1984 to see if they could find a local buyer, the Pritzkers buy the team and move it to Jacksonville, and this website doesn't exist.
No Manning, no Mount Rushmore, and we're the Canton Bulldogs.
I worked with a guy from Denmark. They only know soccer. However the whole country knows The Great Dane.Go back and watch some of those close games that were decided by a FG. You could actually look at some of the opposing teams coaches & players (see 1987 game at Candlestick Park) body language when Morten took the field. It was if they already knew their fate was to accept an L. I once attended a game as a kid (80's) in the Dome and I swear I saw the statistician put up 3 BEFORE we attempted a FG. His PAT were damn near 90% or greater throughout his career. That's the equivalent of Mark Price, Steph Curry or Steve Nash toeing it up at the free throw line.
Morten was damn near an AUTOMATIC 3 POINTS at any distance. The guy was way more than just "a kicker".
His bust sits in Canton for a reason.
It's very close with about 10 others, but these guys must make the cut.Archie
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