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Encyclopedia > Ottis Anderson
Ottis Anderson
Date of birth January 19, 1957
Place of birth Flag of United States West Palm Beach, Florida
Position(s) Running Back
College University of Miami
NFL Draft 1979 / Round 1/ Pick 8
Pro Bowls 2
Honors 1979 NFL Rookie of the Year,
1989 NFL Comeback Player of the Year,
Super Bowl XXV MVP
Statistics
  • Pro Football Reference
  • DatabaseFootball
Team(s)
1979-1986
1986-1992
St. Louis Cardinals
New York Giants

Ottis "O.J." Anderson (born January 19, 1957), is a retired American football running back. He was named The NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press in 1979 and the MVP of Super Bowl XXV in 1991 when playing with the New York Giants. In college, he played for the University of Miami, and graduated in 1979 as the team's all-time leading rusher with 3,331 yards. Anderson was a football and track star at Forest Hill High School in West Palm Beach, Florida before graduating in 1975. January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Location of West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Miami (also known as UM or just The U) is a private university founded in 1925 with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1979 NFL Draft Round one Round two External link Hickok Sports: 1979 NFL Draft Categories: | ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... The NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award has been given out after every season since 1972, except for 1985 when no winner was selected. ... Date January 27, 1991 Stadium Tampa Stadium City Tampa, Florida MVP Ottis Anderson, Running back Favorite Bills by 6 National anthem Whitney Houston Coin toss Pete Rozelle Referee Jerry Seeman Halftime show New Kids on the Block Attendance 73,813 TV in the United States Network ABC Announcers Al Michaels... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner William V. Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... For the Smashing Pumpkins song, see 1979 (song). ... The Super Bowl MVP, or Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the National Football Leagues championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ... Date January 27, 1991 Stadium Tampa Stadium City Tampa, Florida MVP Ottis Anderson, Running back Favorite Bills by 6 National anthem Whitney Houston Coin toss Pete Rozelle Referee Jerry Seeman Halftime show New Kids on the Block Attendance 73,813 TV in the United States Network ABC Announcers Al Michaels... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... The University of Miami (also known as UM or just The U) is a private university founded in 1925 with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ... Forest Hill Community High School is a public high school in West Palm Beach, Florida. ... Location of West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ...


His 1,605 rushing yard performance was one of the few bright spots in the St. Louis Cardinals' 1979 season, when they finished 5-11. He earned the first of back-to-back Pro Bowl selections that year. City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner William V. Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ...


In his first six seasons, Anderson rushed for over 1,000 yards in five seasons. The lone exception was in the 1982 strike-shortened season, when he rushed for 587 yards in eight games, and was on pace for well over 1,000 yards, if 1982 was a full 16 game season. Anderson did have a fumbling problem, however, and fumbled 48 times in his first six years. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Cardinals made the playoffs in 1982, thanks to an expanded field due to the brevity of the season. It was the franchise's first playoff appearance since 1975 and last until 1998. Anderson rushed for 58 yards on eight carries. 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


Injuries would drastically decrease the amount of games Anderson played each season, and his explosiveness as a tailback. After a year and a half, Stump Mitchell, who himself is a member of Omega Psi Phi, emerged as the Cards' top running back, and the expendable Anderson ended up deep in the New York Giants' depth chart in the middle of the 1986 season. By this time in his career, it was clear that he was better used in goal line or short yardage situations. Anderson would rush for only six yards on seven carries in the 1986 playoffs, but did score a rushing touchdown in the Giants' victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. Lyvonia Stump Albert Mitchell (born March 15, 1959 in Kingsland, Georgia), was a former American professional football player who was selected by the St. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush Team colors Orange and Broncos Navy Blue [1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present... Date January 25, 1987 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP Phil Simms, Quarterback Favorite Giants by 9 1/2 National Anthem Neil Diamond Coin toss Willie Davis Halftime show Salute to Hollywoods 100th Anniversary with Southern California high school drill teams and dancers Attendance 101,063 U...


In his first two and a half seasons with New York, Anderson did not fumble once in his 100 offensive touches. In 1989, Anderson become the top running back for Bill Parcells' ball control offense and was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year. He scored a career high 14 rushing touchdowns, and rushed for 1,023 yards on 325 carries. He was also the top running back for the Giants the following year, when they won Super Bowl XXV, and was named Super Bowl MVP for his 102 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. As a testament to the Giants' ball control strategy, their time of possession was double that of their Super Bowl opponent's, in the first Super Bowl without a turnover. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award has been given out after every season since 1972, except for 1985 when no winner was selected. ... The Super Bowl MVP, or Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the National Football Leagues championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...


Anderson would be replaced by Rodney Hampton in 1991. His last season was 1992. Anderson fumbled just three times in 739 touches as a Giant, from 1987-1992. Rodney Hampton (born 1969) was a running back with an eight year career. ...


As of the end of the 2005 season, Anderson was ranked 14th in career rushing touchdowns and is 1 of 17 running backs in the history of the game to rush for more than 10,000 yards. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Distinguished Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Preceded by
Joe Montana
NFL Super Bowl MVPs
Super Bowl XXV, 1991
Succeeded by
Mark Rypien
Preceded by
Greg Bell
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award
1989
Succeeded by
Barry Word

For the U.S. town, see Joe, Montana. ... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... The Super Bowl MVP, or Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the National Football Leagues championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ... Date January 27, 1991 Stadium Tampa Stadium City Tampa, Florida MVP Ottis Anderson, Running back Favorite Bills by 6 National anthem Whitney Houston Coin toss Pete Rozelle Referee Jerry Seeman Halftime show New Kids on the Block Attendance 73,813 TV in the United States Network ABC Announcers Al Michaels... Mark Robert Rypien (born October 2, 1962 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) was a American football player. ... Gregory Leon Bell (Born August 8, 1962 in Columbus, OH) was a former National Football League running back who played for three teams, the Buffalo Bills, the Los Angeles Rams, and the Los Angeles Raiders from 1984 to 1990. ... The NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award has been given out after every season since 1972, except for 1985 when no winner was selected. ... Barry Word (born July 17, 1964 in Long Island, Virginia) was an American football running back for the New Orleans Saints (1987-1988), Kansas City Chiefs (1990-1992), the Minnesota Vikings (1993), and the Arizona Cardinals (1994). ...

External links

  • Ottis Anderson Official Website

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Ottis Anderson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (580 words)
Anderson was a football star at Forest Hill High School in West Palm Beach, Florida before graduating in 1975.
Anderson would rush for only six yards on seven carries in the 1986 playoffs, but did score a rushing touchdown in the Giants' victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI.
As of the end of the 2005 season, Anderson was ranked 14th in career rushing touchdowns and is 1 of 17 running backs in the history of the game to rush for more than 10,000 yards.
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