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Ottis Anderson in the 1980s
Ottis Anderson in the 1980s
Published: 2015/06/05
Channel: adamrmattock1
Otis Anderson Jr . || Lord Knows || 2015 Junior Highlights
Otis Anderson Jr . || Lord Knows || 2015 Junior Highlights
Published: 2016/01/12
Channel: FRANKLIN NO BENJAMIN
SUPERBOWL XXV (Highlights)
SUPERBOWL XXV (Highlights)
Published: 2015/10/06
Channel: Lee Estrada
Ottis "O.J." Anderson Super Bowl XXV Disney World Ad (1991)
Ottis "O.J." Anderson Super Bowl XXV Disney World Ad (1991)
Published: 2013/02/03
Channel: Danzel Curtis
#OTownBound17 - UCF RB Otis Anderson
#OTownBound17 - UCF RB Otis Anderson
Published: 2017/02/02
Channel: UCF Knights
NY Giants Ottis "OJ" Anderson Interview
NY Giants Ottis "OJ" Anderson Interview
Published: 2011/09/07
Channel: Jaclyn Sabol
Ottis Anderson - University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame
Ottis Anderson - University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame
Published: 2010/02/23
Channel: umsportshalloffame
VyStar All-Star Athlete Otis Anderson
VyStar All-Star Athlete Otis Anderson
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: VyStarCreditUnion
Ottis Anderson visits Boomer & Carton
Ottis Anderson visits Boomer & Carton
Published: 2014/01/29
Channel: CBS Sports
Top 10 Rookie Running Back Seasons | #TopTenTuesdays | NFL
Top 10 Rookie Running Back Seasons | #TopTenTuesdays | NFL
Published: 2016/06/08
Channel: NFL
#13: Mark Ingram Breaks 5 Tackles on Crucial 3rd Down in Super Bowl XXV | Top 50 Clutch SB Plays
#13: Mark Ingram Breaks 5 Tackles on Crucial 3rd Down in Super Bowl XXV | Top 50 Clutch SB Plays
Published: 2016/01/29
Channel: NFL
#3 Otis Anderson Jr 8th grade 2012 football
#3 Otis Anderson Jr 8th grade 2012 football
Published: 2013/03/01
Channel: Otis Anderson
Otis Anderson Jr. RB [Elite] (University Christian) Jacksonville, FL 2017
Otis Anderson Jr. RB [Elite] (University Christian) Jacksonville, FL 2017
Published: 2016/01/07
Channel: Under the Lights
Mike
Mike's On: Ottis Anderson
Published: 2014/01/23
Channel: YESNetwork
1980 St  Louis football Cardinals highlight film (NFL Films)
1980 St Louis football Cardinals highlight film (NFL Films)
Published: 2015/06/15
Channel: David Newman
#3 Otis Anderson Jr. 8th grade runningback first middle school game
#3 Otis Anderson Jr. 8th grade runningback first middle school game
Published: 2013/03/02
Channel: Otis Anderson
NY Giant OJ Anderson Visits BelovED CCS
NY Giant OJ Anderson Visits BelovED CCS
Published: 2014/06/19
Channel: BelovED PTO
OTIS ANDERSON TD RUN VS RAINES
OTIS ANDERSON TD RUN VS RAINES
Published: 2016/08/21
Channel: DUVAL CITY FOOTBALL
Raiders Life Podcast - Ottis
Raiders Life Podcast - Ottis 'OJ' Anderson Special Guest
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: mike goodpaster
Knightline EXTRA: UCF 2017 Signee RB Otis Anderson.
Knightline EXTRA: UCF 2017 Signee RB Otis Anderson.
Published: 2016/11/23
Channel: UCF Knightline Podcast
"We used to play pranks on Coughlin" and more from Super Bowl MVP OJ Anderson
"We used to play pranks on Coughlin" and more from Super Bowl MVP OJ Anderson
Published: 2016/01/05
Channel: Steiner Sports
OTIS ANDERSON POST GAME WITH DREAMKINGFILMZ
OTIS ANDERSON POST GAME WITH DREAMKINGFILMZ
Published: 2015/10/22
Channel: DUVAL CITY FOOTBALL
The It Factor Productions Presents MVP of Super Bowl Ottis Anderson; Alycia Kaback
The It Factor Productions Presents MVP of Super Bowl Ottis Anderson; Alycia Kaback
Published: 2013/03/13
Channel: Alycia Kaback
Ottis "O.J." Anderson Exclusive Interview
Ottis "O.J." Anderson Exclusive Interview
Published: 2014/06/24
Channel: Global Syn-Turf
Peter Francis ft O.J. Anderson - Be There
Peter Francis ft O.J. Anderson - Be There
Published: 2014/04/08
Channel: Issamin Music
Ottis Anderson, auctioning signed lithograph
Ottis Anderson, auctioning signed lithograph
Published: 2009/04/05
Channel: SKingList
Peter Francis ft O.J. Anderson - Be There (XZY Remix)
Peter Francis ft O.J. Anderson - Be There (XZY Remix)
Published: 2014/04/08
Channel: Issamin Music
Otis "OJ" Anderson before the Giants Packers game at Lambeau 1/15/2012
Otis "OJ" Anderson before the Giants Packers game at Lambeau 1/15/2012
Published: 2012/01/18
Channel: Brad Kamedulski
Ottis Anderson and Danielle McCartan
Ottis Anderson and Danielle McCartan
Published: 2016/05/17
Channel: Danielle McCartan
Ottis "OJ" Anderson, Superbowl Champion New York Giants at The PinkTie.Org Event 2014
Ottis "OJ" Anderson, Superbowl Champion New York Giants at The PinkTie.Org Event 2014
Published: 2014/06/18
Channel: Pink Tie
Ottis Anderson | Steiner Sports Corporate Capabilities
Ottis Anderson | Steiner Sports Corporate Capabilities
Published: 2016/01/05
Channel: Steiner Sports
Ottis Anderson signed jersey super bowl 25 mvp and football cards
Ottis Anderson signed jersey super bowl 25 mvp and football cards
Published: 2012/06/15
Channel: thequarterback33
Ottis Anderson  one handed put
Ottis Anderson one handed put
Published: 2013/10/14
Channel: Brian Wheelock
Ottis Anderson Testimonial for Dr  Hal Blatman
Ottis Anderson Testimonial for Dr Hal Blatman
Published: 2015/10/24
Channel: stuart diamond
Laura with Ottis OJ Anderson and Bart Oates
Laura with Ottis OJ Anderson and Bart Oates
Published: 2013/05/28
Channel: ontheloosetv
Ottis "OJ" Anderson reflects on NFL Draft experience
Ottis "OJ" Anderson reflects on NFL Draft experience
Published: 2014/05/05
Channel: WPTV News | West Palm Beach Florida
Otis Anderson Jr University Christian 2014 spring football practice
Otis Anderson Jr University Christian 2014 spring football practice
Published: 2014/05/29
Channel: Otis Anderson
OJ Anderson Scholarship Fund
OJ Anderson Scholarship Fund
Published: 2014/05/03
Channel: WPTV News | West Palm Beach Florida
NFL Legend Ottis O.J. Anderson at Macys
NFL Legend Ottis O.J. Anderson at Macys
Published: 2014/01/24
Channel: THE KNOWLEDGE BEAST
OJ Anderson Charity Poker Tournament
OJ Anderson Charity Poker Tournament
Published: 2010/10/20
Channel: LongShotProdLLC
OTIS ANDERSON TALKS ABOUT HIS TRIP TO VANDY
OTIS ANDERSON TALKS ABOUT HIS TRIP TO VANDY
Published: 2015/11/06
Channel: DUVAL CITY FOOTBALL
RELNY LEADERSHIP WITH DAVID SIMON, OTTIS ANDERSON & GEORGE MARTIN
RELNY LEADERSHIP WITH DAVID SIMON, OTTIS ANDERSON & GEORGE MARTIN
Published: 2012/05/02
Channel: Maria Lonigro
Ottis Anderson - 2016 Westchester Business Expo
Ottis Anderson - 2016 Westchester Business Expo
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: Business Council of Westchester
O.J.Anderson and company on Tecmo Superbowl
O.J.Anderson and company on Tecmo Superbowl
Published: 2008/09/17
Channel: mrpapap
DJ JOVE rocking the Ottis Anderson MVP Bash Promo Greenwich Village Country Club 1.31.14
DJ JOVE rocking the Ottis Anderson MVP Bash Promo Greenwich Village Country Club 1.31.14
Published: 2014/01/29
Channel: DJ JOVE
OTIS ANDERSON TD RUN VS FT  WHITE
OTIS ANDERSON TD RUN VS FT WHITE
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: DUVAL CITY FOOTBALL
NY Giant Super Bowl MVP Otis Anderson interview
NY Giant Super Bowl MVP Otis Anderson interview
Published: 2012/08/19
Channel: Sean Patrick
Ottis "O.J." Anderson - Exclusive Interview with GST (trailer)
Ottis "O.J." Anderson - Exclusive Interview with GST (trailer)
Published: 2014/06/07
Channel: Global Syn-Turf
Steve Weatherford
Steve Weatherford's Kicks for Kids, with New York Giants Great O.J. Anderson and Madison Costello
Published: 2012/12/12
Channel: MooseDance Prodcutions
Ultimate Autographs 3 Ottis Anderson
Ultimate Autographs 3 Ottis Anderson
Published: 2017/02/28
Channel: GuvMint CheeZ
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Ottis Anderson
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No. 32, 24
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1957-01-19) January 19, 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth: West Palm Beach, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 10,273
Average: 4.0
Touchdowns: 86
Player stats at NFL.com

Ottis Jerome "O.J." Anderson (born January 19, 1957) is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). He was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press (AP) with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1979, and the MVP of Super Bowl XXV in 1991 when playing with the New York Giants. He played college football at the University of Miami.

Early life through college[edit]

Anderson was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was a football and track star at Forest Hill High School in West Palm Beach, Florida before graduating in 1975. He went on to attend the University of Miami on a full athletic scholarship and earned a degree in Physical Education. During his college career, Anderson broke Chuck Foreman's career rushing records at the University of Miami, becoming the first player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in the school's history his senior year with 1,266 yards. He was named The Sporting News and the American Football Coaches First Team All-American and received All-American honorable mentions by both AP and UPI and graduated in 1979 as the team's all-time leading rusher with 3,331 yards.[1]

Statistics[edit]

Year Carries Rushing Yards Rushing TDs Catches Receiving Yards Receiving TDs
1975 67 365 0 11 128 1
1976 213 918 6 10 121 0
1977 187 782 1 20 243 3
1978 224 1,266 8 14 47 0

Professional career[edit]

Anderson was selected in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft, the 8th overall pick, by the St. Louis Cardinals.[1] He had what was probably the greatest debut game in NFL history when he rushed for 193 yards.[2] His single season 1,605 rushing yard performance[3] was one of the few bright spots in the Cardinals' 1979 season, when they finished 5-11. He earned the first of back-to-back Pro Bowl selections that year.

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; a pace for well over 1,000 yards in a full 16 game season.[3]

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 postseason appearance since 1975 and last until 1998. Anderson rushed for 58 yards on eight carries against the Green Bay Packers in the team's lone playoff game.

Injuries drastically decreased the number of games Anderson played each season, and his explosiveness as a tailback. After a year and a half, Stump Mitchell emerged as the Cards' top running back, and the expendable Anderson was traded to the New York Giants in the middle of the 1986 season.[1] He ended up deep in the Giants' depth chart. 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.

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 the Buffalo Bills, their opponents, in the first Super Bowl without a turnover. Anderson is one of only four running backs in NFL history to score rushing touchdowns in two Super Bowls and win Super Bowl MVP (only Franco Harris and John Riggins accomplished this feat before Anderson, and only Emmitt Smith has achieved it since).

Anderson was 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.

When he retired, Anderson ranked seventh in rushing TDs and eighth in rushing yards. At the 2014 season, Anderson was ranked 18th in career rushing touchdowns and is one of 29 running backs in the history of the NFL to rush for more than 10,000 yards (currently ranked 26th in career rushing yards).[1]

Life after football[edit]

The end of Anderson's 14-year football career[3] in 1993 marked the beginning of his career in entrepreneurship and motivational speaking.

Anderson has appeared on several major local and national radio and television shows, including the David Letterman Show and Good Morning America. He has experience as a broadcast analyst with WFAN for the New York Giants, and has co-hosted three radio shows in St. Louis with former Cardinal teammates Theotis Brown, E.J. Junior and Roy Green respectively. Anderson was also a frequent guest on The Billy Taylor Show in New York City and contributed to an in-season weekly column, "Ask Ottis", in the Giants Insider publication.

As president of Ottis J. Anderson Enterprises, Anderson is also involved in several ventures and is involved with writing benefits for municipalities, school boards and privately held businesses in New Jersey.

Anderson has been affiliated with many community organizations such as the United Way of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Deborah Hospital Foundation.

Anderson is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Chris Cuomo of ABC News interviewed Anderson as part of One Moment in Time: The Life of Whitney Houston, a two-hour special on ABC shortly after the death of singer Whitney Houston. In Super Bowl XXV, Houston performed "The Star-Spangled Banner", and Anderson and then-Giants quarterback Jeff Hostetler reflected on Houston's performance in that game.

Anderson appeared on Comedy Central's Tosh.0 during the Crying Giants' Fan Web Redemption.

Anderson has endorsed Global Syn-Turf, Inc. synthetic turf for sports fields.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson has two adult daughters, Tristan Coleman and Alex Anderson; Mother - Emma Anderson ; Deceased brother: Marvin Anderson; Two living brothers: Walter Anderson and Theotis Anderson; Two living sisters: Nancy Anderson and Clothilde Anderson Hollis

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Biography on Ottis Anderson's official site". Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  2. ^ "NFL First Game Records". goldenrankings.com. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Profile on NFL's official site". nfl.com. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eco4dFVN7iA

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