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Kurt Warner, Morten Andersen voted to Hall of Fame


*Former Giants Kurt Warner and Morten Andersen were named 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees: *

HOUSTON – Two players who each spent one season with the Giants – kicker Morten Andersen and quarterback Kurt Warner – were today elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as part of the seven-member Class of 2017.

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Andersen played for the Giants in 2001, and Warner, who was with the team in 2004, when he started the first nine games before being replaced by Eli Manning – who is still the team's starting quarterback.

Andersen is the NFL's alltime leader in points (2,544), field goals (565), and games played (382). He was the kicker on the NFL's All-Decade Teams of both the 1980s and 1990s. Andersen played his first 13 seasons for the New Orleans Saints (1982-94), followed by six for the Atlanta Falcons) before joining the Giants the year after they played in Super Bowl XXXV.

After leaving the Giants, Andersen played two seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs and one for the Minnesota Vikings before ending his career with a two-year stint back in Atlanta.

With the Giants, Andersen made 23 of 28 field goal attempts (82.1 percent) and 29 of 30 extra point tries for 98 points, the same total he had the previous season with the Falcons. The Giants finished 7-9 that year.

Andersen is just the second player who was solely a kicker to be elected to the Hall of Fame; Jan Stenerud, who played for three teams from 1967-85, was inducted into the Hall in 1991.

Warner's Giants season bridged his six years with the St. Louis Rams and five with the Arizona Cardinals. He led the Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV and twice made it back to the title game, with the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI and the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, losing both times. He was 3-0 in conference title games.

Warner, who played in the Arena Football League and NFL Europe before making an NFL roster, was the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1999, and the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2009.

The Giants signed Warner on June 2, 2004, about six weeks after acquiring Manning, the No. 1 choice in the year's NFL Draft, in a trade with the San Diego Chargers. In 10 games 0 including a relief stint when Manning struggled in Baltimore – Warner completed 174 of 277 passes (for 2,954 yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions. After the Giants lost to the Cardinals, 17-14, on Nov. 14, then coach Tom Coughlin announced that Manning would replace Warner as quarterback.

Warner joined the Cardinals the following year. His career totals were 2,666 completions on 4,070 attempts for 32,344 yards, 208 touchdowns, and 128 interceptions for a passer rating of 93.7.

Photos of Giants players at the 2017 NFL Honors

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