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Gary Anderson will return to Metrodome

Not that he's complaining, but Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher thought he'd seen the last of Gary Anderson.

When the Minnesota Vikings didn't bring the NFL's all-time leading scorer back after the 2002 season, Anderson briefly retired before agreeing to kick for Tennessee in 2003 when kicker Joe Nedney got hurt. The Titans' season ended with a playoff loss to New England, and Fisher figured Anderson would hang it up for good.

"We gave Gary a ball and wished him well and thanked him for the effort," Fisher said.

Not so fast.

Nedney got hurt again this year, and the Titans brought in Aaron Elling after the Vikings cut him. After Elling kicked in the season opener, Anderson agreed to temporarily give up his fly fishing and come out of retirement again to kick for Tennessee.

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"We can't say enough about what he's been able to do for us," said Fisher, who allows Anderson to be with his family in Canada on Mondays and Tuesdays each week before returning to the team on Wednesday.

Said Titans quarterback Steve McNair: "Gary is a class act. For him, the last two years to come back from vacation, fly fishing and all that, and coming to help us, it's just a tremendous plus for us because he's a dependable guy."

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