. Morten Andersen had a meticulous approach to the game of football. The Hall of Fame kicker kept notebooks upon notebooks of every kick in practice and games, knowing what went right and what went wrong on each particular one.
So, of course, Andersen has a sharp memory of each one of his holders over the years. His holder during his lone season with the New York Giants in 2001 was none other than Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.
Andersen shared a humorous story of his time with Garrett during an enshrinees’ roundtable event on Sunday in Canton, Ohio.
Andersen recalled that Garrett once asked him, ‘How do you like your ball?’
Andersen responded with a chuckle, “Vertical would be nice.”
Andersen went on to explain that Garrett held the ball with his finger pointing straight down as he had always been used to right-footed kickers instead of a left-footed kicker like Andersen.
Andersen joked that Garrett did that way so his fingers wouldn't get kicked in the process.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a fellow 2017 classmate, chimed in with a laugh: “Easy now. Easy.”
Garrett fondly recalled his time playing with Andersen on Monday, and said the two were able to catch up when the Cowboys were on hand for the Hall of Fame game on Thursday and the speeches Saturday.