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Encyclopedia > Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson
Position(s):
Kicker
Jersey #:
N/A
Date of birth: July 16, 1959 (1959-07-16) (age 48)
Place of birth: Flag of South Africa Parys, Orange Free State,
South Africa
Career information
NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 7 / Pick 171
College: Syracuse
Career highlights
Pro Bowls 1984, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1998
Awards NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
Records NFL season most points (no touchdowns)
NFL most seasons with
at least 100 points (tie)
Teams
1982-1994
1995-1996
1997
1998-2002
2003-2004
Pittsburgh Steelers
Philadelphia Eagles
San Francisco 49ers
Minnesota Vikings
Tennessee Titans
Stats at CBS.com

Gary Anderson (born July 16, 1959 in Parys, Free State, South Africa) is a former American football placekicker. He was the first NFL kicker to have a "perfect season," successfully making every field goal and every PAT during regular season play. [1] Gary Anderson can refer to: Gary Anderson, American football player from South Africa, NFL kicker Gary Anderson (F1 designer), a semi-retired F1 car designer Gary Anderson (sport shooter), American sport shooter and politician Gary Anderson (running back), American football player from the United States, NFL running back Gary Allan... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... An amateur place kicker attempts to kick a field goal Placekicker, or simply Kicker, is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Parys is a town situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the Free State Province of South Africa. ... For the term free state as it arises in United States history, see: Free state. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... An amateur place kicker attempts to kick a field goal Placekicker, or simply Kicker, is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... NFL redirects here. ... In American and Canadian football, the extra point, point after touchdown, or PAT is the act of lining up to kick, as in a field goal, immediately following a touchdown. ...

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Early life

Anderson was born in Parys, South Africa and grew up in Durban. His father was an Irish born Protestant pastor and former professional soccer player. His mother was a white South African. Shortly after Gary graduated from high school, Reverend Anderson left South Africa and moved his family to the United States to protest South Africa's policy of apartheid. Parys is a town situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the Free State Province of South Africa. ... Map of South Africa showing Durbans location. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      A pastor is an... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ...


Anderson hoped to follow in his father's footsteps and become a professional soccer player in Europe. While practicing soccer at a high school football field in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, he began practicing kicking field goals with a borrowed football. When the high school coach Charles Chiccino saw him, he arranged a tryout for four scouts from Syracuse, Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina. After the tryout, all four scouts offered scholarships on the spot. Gary chose Syracuse after they promised him that he would also be able to play on the school's soccer team. Downingtown is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 33 miles (53 km) west of Philadelphia. ... Syracuse University (SU) is a private nonsectarian research university located in Syracuse, New York. ... Indiana University is the principal campus of the Indiana University system. ... The University of South Carolina, Columbia (USC or Carolina) is a public, co-educational, research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. ...


NFL career

After graduating from Syracuse University, he was drafted as a placekicker by the Buffalo Bills in the 1982 NFL Draft but was cut before the season began. He then signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent the following 12 seasons in Pittsburgh. For the 1995 season, Anderson signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles. Anderson spent the 1997 season as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. Syracuse University (SU) is a private nonsectarian research university located in Syracuse, New York. ... An amateur place kicker attempts to kick a field goal Placekicker, or simply Kicker, is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Navy blue, light blue, Red, light Red, White, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph Wilson General manager Marv Levy Mascot Billy Buffalo League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... The 1982 National Football League Draft amateur college selection procedure known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. ... “Steelers” redirects here. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division...


1998, the "perfect" season

In 1998, Anderson signed with the Minnesota Vikings and converted all 35 of his attempted field goals and all 59 extra points in regular season play, becoming the first placekicker to finish the regular season with a 100% success rate on both field goals and extra points, hence the use of the term "perfect season". However, after Anderson made all of his field goal and points after touchdowns during the entire season, he missed a crucial short kick (38 yards) late in the 4th quarter that would have sealed the game against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game [[1]]. City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... NFC Championship Game is an American football game played every year to determine the champion of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ...


NFL records

Anderson holds the NFL record for points in a single season with no touchdowns scored, kicking 59 PATs and 35 field goals in 1998 for a total of 164 points. He is tied with Morten Andersen for most seasons scoring at least 100 points (14). Gary Anderson also holds second place for most career points in the NFL with 2,434. He held the record for several years after passing George Blanda's old record in October 2000, but was himself passed by Morten Andersen in 2006. Morten Andersen (born August 19, 1960, in Copenhagen, Denmark) is an American football placekicker who played for the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons and is currently a free agent. ... George Frederick Blanda (b. ...


Retirement

Anderson stayed with the Vikings until the 2003 season, when he joined the Tennessee Titans out of retirement as a replacement for the injured Joe Nedney after the first game of the season. After that season, Anderson again retired and turned down offers from several teams to come kick for them. When Nedney went down with another season-ending injury after the start of the 2004 season, Anderson again agreed to unretire for the Titans. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Retirement is the point where a person stops employment. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


Anderson re-retired at the end of the 2004 season and currently resides in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. He operates a fly fishing charter business called Perfect Season. This article is about the town in Alberta. ... Fly rod and reel with a wild brown trout from a chalk stream. ...


Trivia

  • There are a number of interesting coincidences between Anderson and Morten Andersen. Anderson and Andersen have nearly identical last names, were born within a year of one another outside the United States (Andersen was born in Denmark), came to the United States as teenagers, had long and successful NFL careers throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and hold first or second place in a number of NFL records for scoring, field goals, and longevity. The two are likely to be forever linked in NFL history, as both men seem destined for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • He also had the distinction of wearing a one-bar facemask throughout his career, even though the NFL outlawed their use prior to his final season in 2004 - he, along with Arizona Cardinals punter Scott Player, were afforded a grandfather clause.

Morten Andersen (born August 19, 1960, in Copenhagen, Denmark) is an American football placekicker who played for the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons and is currently a free agent. ... This is a list of individual National Football League records. ... As of December 31, 2006 (Regular season only): An asterisk (*) denotes a hall of famer. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... The one-bar facemask is a model of facemask for use with football helmets which was one of the earliest facemasks available. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Scott Darwin Player (born December 17, 1969 in St. ... A grandfather clause is an exception that allows an old rule to continue to apply to some existing situations, when a new rule will apply to all future situations. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ While Anderson was the first to have a "perfect" regular season, Mike Vanderjagt was the first kicker to have a "perfect season" that included the playoffs.

Michael Mike Vanderjagt (born March 24, 1970 in Oakville, Ontario), is a Canadian professional gridiron football placekicker who has played in both the Canadian Football League and National Football League. ...

External links

  • Gary Anderson at ESPN.com
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com - career statistics.
Preceded by
George Blanda
(2,002)
Career NFL points record holder
(2,434)

2000–2006
Succeeded by
Morten Andersen

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