"Be convicted in what you believe in, but be open to possibilities." - Morten Andersen
Legendary NFL kicker and Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee, Morten Andersen, "The Great Dane", joins THE BRINK OF MIDNIGHT PODCAST.
All-Time Leading Scorer. Played in a record 382 games. All-time leader in field goals made. Pro Football Hall of Fame. This is Morten Andersen. His story is unlike the common thread of growing up playing flag football and eventually donning pads for tackle. A foreign exchange student from a small fishing village in Denmark, Morten only set foot on an American football field because his American father was Vice Principal of his high school and they needed a kicker on the football team. Coming from competitive soccer in Europe, they figured he might be able to kick some pigskin, too. So, at 17 years old, while still learning English and figuring out the life of an American teenager, part of sport history was written. An All-American and Academic All-Big 10 at Michigan State University, Morten went on to have a 25 year career kicking for the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, and finishing with the Falcons in 2007, his most accurate year - at the age of 46.
Morten's approach to life will move you, motivate you to be ready for opportunity, and illustrate how stepping way outside your comfort zone might be the most important start to discovering your passion.
MORTEN'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"Practice how you play."
"The number one thing you must have is an open mind and an open view of the world, of the possibilities in front of you. Never walk through life with blinders on. Always be looking widely and in a flexible way. Be open in your heart to new experiences."
"Be convicted in what you believe in, but be open to possibilities."
"Have a mentality of "plug and play" where you can plug in anywhere and play. I think that's an important mindset to have. Don't limit yourself. Your life is limitless, open, big, and positive. Don't put restrictions on yourself."
"When I wake up every morning, I say: I'm going to make this a great day for myself and for others. I'm going to try to learn something new today and maybe I can teach somebody something new."
"Engage in dialogue, communication, healthy discussion, and be kind and understanding to one another."
Morten Andersen Family Foundation affects positive change among children and youth locally, regionally, nationally and globally.
Operation One Voice (Atlanta) is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the financial needs of the children and families of wounded and fallen Special Operations Forces.
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Closing song, Wavecave (A Cloud for Climbing)
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