Anderson with the Dolphins in 2009
No. 52 Free Agent
|Date of birth:December 8, 1981|
|Place of birth: Jackson, Mississippi|
|NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 6 / Pick: 200|
|Debuted in 2004 for the Houston Texans|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Charlie Alexander Anderson (born December 8, 1981 in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mississippi.
Anderson attended and played high school football at Provine High School in Jackson, Mississippi. As a senior tight end and defensive end, his team made it to the 5-A state finals. He also lettered in track and soccer.
Anderson was a four-year letterman at the University of Mississippi. During his senior season as defensive end in 2003, he recorded 54 tackles, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He finished his collegiate career having played in 48 games and racking up 127 tackles, 12.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and five passes defensed.
During his rookie season in 2004, Anderson appeared in 15 games as a reserve. His 13 special teams tackles ranked third on the team, and he also contributed a tackle on defense. In a December 19 contest against the Chicago Bears, Anderson recovered a Chad Hutchinson fumbled forced by Dunta Robinson and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown.
In 2005, Anderson was viewed by the Texans' as their third outside linebacker behind starters Antwan Peek and Jason Babin. Despite battling a hip injury late in the season, he appeared in all 16 games as a reserve. He surpassed his previous season's total with 14 special teams tackles, ranking him second on the team. He recorded his first career sack against the Seattle Seahawks on October 16, taking down Matt Hasselbeck for a 19-yard loss. Against the Arizona Cardinals on December 18, he recovered a Reggie Swinton fumble on special teams. Anderson finished the season with nine tackles, a sack and a pass defensed on defense.
Anderson suffered a knee injury during practice in May 2006 and was sidelined until training camp. After battling Shantee Orr for the starting strongside linebacker job, Anderson appeared in 13 games in a reserve role. He finished the season with five tackles on defense while adding 11 tackles on special teams - a total which ranked him second on the team for the second straight season.
During his final season with the Texans in 2007, Anderson appeared in all 16 games and made the first five starts of his career in place of an injured Danny Clark. He recorded a career-high 24 tackles, two sacks and as pass defensed on the season. Both of his sacks came against Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Quinn Gray in a 42-28 Texans win on December 30.
An unrestricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, the Miami Dolphins signed Anderson to a three-year contract on March 2. It was reported that team vice president Bill Parcells and general manager Jeff Ireland liked Anderson because of his speed and athleticism, especially on special teams. Despite having started only five games in four seasons with the Texans, he was told by Dolphins management he would have an opportunity to compete for a starting job. In the last game of the season, he blocked a punt against the Jets, the Dolphins went on to win the game, 24-17, and head to the playoffs.
Kansas City Chiefs
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