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Ottis Anderson

Ottis Anderson
Ottis Anderson

New York Giants Ottis Anderson making a play in a game verse the San Diego Chargers on Sunday October 22, 1989. (AP Photo/Kevin Reece)

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Ottis Anderson

Born: January 19, 1957 in West Palm Beach, Florida

College: Miami (Florida)

NFL Draft: 1979, Round 1, 8th pick overall by the St. Louis Cardinals

NFL Teams: St. Louis Cardinals (1979-1986) Giants (1987-1992)

Career Statistics: 2,562 rushing attempts, 10,273 yards, 4.0 yards per carry, 81 touchdowns, Long run – 76 yards. 376 receptions, 3,062 yards, 5 touchdowns.

NFL Awards/Honors: 2 time Pro Bowler (1979-1980), First Team All-Pro (1979), Second Team All-Pro (1980), NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1979), NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1989), Super Bowl Champion (XXI and XXV), Super Bowl MVP (XXV)

Spin: Anderson rushed for 1,000 yards in 5 of his first 6 seasons with the Cardinals, with the only exception coming in the 1982 strike shortened season. By 1986, Stump Mitchell had become the lead back for the Cardinals and Anderson was constantly banged up. This led to a mid-season trade that sent him to the Giants. In 8 games in 1986, he only had 24 carries, 91 yards, and a touchdown and only had 7 carries for 6 yards in the playoffs, but he did score a touchdown in Super Bowl XXI. Anderson was primarily used in short yardage situations. For example, after only playing 4 games in 1987, he had 65 carries for 208 yards in 1988, but had 8 touchdowns. However, he had 325 carries for 1,023 yards and 14 touchdowns in 1989 and won NFL Comeback Player of the Year. In 1990, he posted 225 carries, 784 yards, and double digit touchdowns (11) yet again. In the Super Bowl against the Bills, he ad 21 attempts, 102 yards, and 1 touchdown. For his performance, he was awarded Super Bowl MVP.