232: Morten Andersen Podcast

January 28, 2022

In today’s episode of ‘Finding your Summit’ podcast, host Mark Pattison, former NFL Player, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Mountaineer who has climbed the Seven Summits, talks with guest Morten Andersen (a Danish former American football placekicker who played in the National Football League for 25 seasons). Morten shares his journey as an NFL Player, his career story, and experiences throughout.

Episode Highlights

  • 01:10 – Mark requests listeners to go in and give the show the ratings as reviews help elevate the popularity of the show.
  • 03:00 – Mark narrates about coming down from Mount Everest and getting to this one point right below the balcony, 27,500 feet, where everything was going wrong.
  • 05:00 – Morten got into the NFL in 1982 and went to 2007, played 382 games. As of this last time Mark checked he is second in total points scored.
  • 07:00 – The guest talks all about the 60 Minutes segment, how he gladly accepted it and became part of this piece.
  • 08:45 – When you get a good kicker guy; keep him and treat him like gold.
  • 11:10 – Morten went through an exercise over the past 25 years, when over 600 guys came and went, trying to take his job, but for one reason or another, they couldn’t transfer their practice habits. They couldn’t recruit that dominant positive behavior.
  • 13:20 – Just like road signs, any road can take you there, but it’s important to understand that your road to success is always under construction. Any road will take you there, but if you have goals that direct you in a motivational way, then you have a chance.
  • 15:05 – With effort and attitude, focusing on your workbench, the moment of truth, and you can deliver at the highest level, Morten shares his secret sauce.
  • 18:05 – Mark reiterates that the key point Morten was making was that during his time when he was growing up, there weren’t select sports, you got to pick one.
  • 20:45 – Head Coach – Jim Moore, who was the coach at the time, out of all the players he ever dealt with, his biggest regret was letting Morten go.
  • 24:00 – Morten was a finalist but got cut from 15 to 10 because they also go from 15 to 10, from 10 to five, and then the five they have that still have to get 80%, so it’s constantly a brutal process. He made it to the top 10 in the third year.
  • 27:20 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame is different than the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is a 501 c3 nonprofit. The NFL supports it, but has no decision-making.
  • 29:00 – Mark asks Morten how it felt getting in front of all those people that are there to celebrate the guys who are down to be in the house.
  • 31:40 – When we’re young, sometimes we don’t know that this train is leaving, and if you don’t get on it, the next train may go to a different station, and it may not be as nice.
  • 34:30 – Competitive greatness means is that you better flippin’ love what you do, because you’re not going to, potentially, fill your full potential, states Mark.
  • 40:00 – The reason for a lot of Tom Brady’s successes, all the things that he does—not on the field, but off the field—refers Mark.
  • 43:00 – Morten mentions that he does some keynote speaking, too. He did his first keynote on Zoom the other day—that was on Microsoft Teams.

Three Key Points

  1. If you have a good kicker, you’re going to win at least three games a year on his foot, whether it’s left or right foot, and if you don’t, you’re going to lose three. That’s just the way it is.
  2. Morten suggests all the listeners create their team—it’s your journey, it’s your process, hence, own it because then you will own the result, and you’ll be proud of the results.

Tweetable Quotes

That’s what we’re all trying to do is help others, that’s how you pay it forward.” – Mark Pattison

It was great to have you, let me say this, so everybody knows you are a great wingman.” – Morten Andersen

So, yeah, so let’s, let’s go back and just start with 60 minutes.” – Mark Pattison

There’s a myth that kickers are weird.” – Morten Andersen

I think the whole idea that there are kickers on every corner is somewhat true. But the real question is: who’s going to deliver the goods?” – Mark Pattison

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.” – Morten Andersen

The NFL is result-oriented, right Mark, we knew that was very result-oriented.” – Morten Andersen

Attitude determines how well you will do it.” – Mark Pattison

My first-year salary was $40,000 and my signing bonus was 42,500.” – Morten Andersen

They saw my salary was a million dollars and said, we can’t have a kicker making a million dollars.” – Morten Andersen

So anytime thunderclouds come and I stand right out there.” – Morten Andersen

How many total players have been inducted into the Hall of Fame?” – Mark Pattison

It’s what makes that ultimate victory, the Yellow Jacket; the permanent bust that you have behind you.” – Mark Pattison

Then some special things can happen on the field.” – Morten Andersen


Resources Mentioned

Morten Andersen: Twitter | LinkedIn | NFL

Mark Pattison YouTube Channel


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