TRADING E-MAIL WITH...
Chiefs kicker Morten Andersen, 43, who hopes to be playing at 50
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.
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 Denmark.
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.