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|Date of birth:March 7, 1965|
|Place of birth: Paulsboro, New Jersey|
|High school: Paulsboro (NJ)|
|NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46|
|Debuted in 1988|
|Last played in 1997|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Willie Lee "Flipper" Anderson, Jr. (born March 7, 1965) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams (1988–1994), the Indianapolis Colts (1995), the Washington Redskins (1996), and the Denver Broncos (1997).
Anderson was born in Paulsboro, New Jersey. He played high school football at Paulsboro High School in southern New Jersey and was one of the nation's top high school football recruits of the Class of 1983.
Anderson played ten seasons in the NFL, and holds the National Football League record for most receiving yards and yards from scrimmage in a game, with 336 yards on 15 receptions with a 22.4 yards per reception average, set during the 12th week of the 1989 season against the New Orleans Saints. He finished the season with a career high 1,146 yards off just 44 receptions, giving him an average of 26 yards per catch. On January 7, 1990, during a divisional playoff game, the Rams won the coin toss after taking the New York Giants to overtime. The Rams drove 77 yards in four plays, the last being a 30-yard touchdown pass to Anderson, who caught the ball in the end zone and ran directly through the tunnel and into the locker room. He caught two touchdown passes in that 19-13 win.
Anderson finished his career with 267 receptions for 5,357 yards and 28 touchdowns, giving him a 20.1 career yards per catch average.
Life after the NFL
Anderson's son, Dres Anderson, plays wide receiver for the Utah Utes.
- "Flipper Anderson". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
- Carchidi, Sam. "Hodges leads Raiders over injury-riddled Herd", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 28, 2007. Accessed November 26, 2007. "On the second score, Hodges received a key downfield block from receiver Willie "Little Flipper" Anderson, whose father, Flipper Anderson, was a Paulsboro standout who later played in the NFL."
- "Flipper Anderson". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
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- The Official Site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame: History: Flipper's Record
- NFL Enterprises LLC: Flipper Anderson
|NFL single-game receiving record
November 26, 1989 – present