Richie Anderson

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Richie Anderson
No. 33, 20
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-09-13) September 13, 1971 (age 44)
Place of birth: Olney, Maryland
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Sherwood (MD)
College: Penn State
NFL draft: 1993 / Round: 6 / Pick: 144
Career history

As Player

As Coach

Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 400
Rushing yards: 1,274
Total Touchdowns: 18
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Richard Darnell Anderson (born September 13, 1971) is a former American football Fullback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Penn State University.

Early years[edit]

Anderson attended Sherwood High School, where in his last two years he rushed for 3,579 yards and 42 touchdowns. As a senior he ran for 2,062 yards, averaging 206 rushing yards per game and 8.18 yards per carry. He was named All-American and Maryland Player of the Year by USA Today.

College career[edit]

He accepted a scholarship from Penn State University. As a freshman, he was a third-string running back. He sat out his sophomore season as a medical redshirt. The next year, he struggled in the first seven games while splitting time with Gerry Collins, until the last four games when he registered 599 yards and 7 touchdowns.[1][2] He registered 779 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns, while also being third on the team in receiving, with 21 receptions for 255 yards and one touchdown.

Anderson entered his junior season with Joe Paterno mentioning him as probably the most powerful of all the tailbacks he had coached.[3] He posted 900 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns (second highest in school history).

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season.[4] While with the Nittany Lions, he had 363 carries for 1,756 rushing yards with 29 touchdowns and 37 receptions for 353 receiving yards with 2 touchdowns. At the time he ranked 8th on the Penn State career rushing list.

Professional career[edit]

New York Jets[edit]

Anderson was selected in the sixth round (144th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. In 2000, he was named as the American Football Conference starting fullback in the Pro Bowl, when he led the running backs in the league with a career-high 88 receptions (franchise record) for 853 yards and 2 touchdowns. The next year the offense changed and his numbers dropped to 40 receptions. He left the team with 305 receptions, which was a franchise record for running backs.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On March 4, 2003, he signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys, reuniting him with his former Jets head coach Bill Parcells.[5] He registered career-highs with 70 carries and 306 rushing yards, while leading the team in receptions (69), even though he was a fullback.[6] He also lined up at running back, tight end, wide receiver and on special teams. Though his play on the field was notable, it was his attitude, character and leadership that was also valuable to the team, earning him a team captain denomination.

In 2004, he suffered a bone bruise in the season opener, which forced him to miss a game. In the tenth game against the Baltimore Ravens, he suffered a herniated disc neck injury, missing two games before being placed on the injured reserve list on December 28. He was waived on April 28, 2005, because of his injury. A couple of his main highlights with the Cowboys, occurred when he threw a left-handed touchdown pass to Terry Glenn in a 2004 game against the Washington Redskins, and when he leaped 5 feet in the air over former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent.

He officially retired after the 2005 season by signing a one-day contract with the New York Jets, the team that drafted him. He appeared in 161 games (88 starts), rushed 318 times for 1,274 yards with 4 rushing touchdowns and caught 400 passes for 3,149 yards with 14 reception touchdowns.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Carries Yards Yards per Carry Longest Carry Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1994 NYJ 13 43 207 4.8 55 1 10 1 1
1995 NYJ 10 5 17 3.4 10 0 2 2 2
1996 NYJ 16 47 150 3.2 11 1 15 0 0
1997 NYJ 16 21 70 3.3 19 0 4 1 0
1998 NYJ 8 1 2 2.0 2 0 0 0 0
1999 NYJ 16 16 84 5.3 16 0 4 0 0
2000 NYJ 16 27 63 2.3 9 0 8 0 0
2001 NYJ 16 26 102 3.9 12 0 4 0 0
2002 NYJ 16 5 27 5.4 16 0 1 0 0
2003 DAL 15 70 306 4.4 19 1 16 0 0
2004 DAL 12 57 246 4.3 27 1 11 1 1
Career 161 318 1,274 4.0 55 4 75 5 4

[7]

Coaching career[edit]

After he retired, he joined the New York Jets coaching staff as an assistant wide receivers coach. Following the 2006 season, Anderson joined the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff as a wide receivers coach. On October 15, 2009, Anderson joined the Kansas City Chiefs to be the wide receivers coach, replacing former NFL wide receiver, Dedric Ward.[8]

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dedric Ward
Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receivers Coach
2010-Present
Succeeded by
Nick Sirianni