50. Ottis Anderson

This page generously sponsored by: Nobody yet! Sponsor it on Patreon to be the first name on this list!
  • Published in Football
  • Read 14475 times
  • Rate this item
    (8 votes)
50.  Ottis Anderson
Ottis Anderson had one of the best rookie seasons ever for a Running Back gaining over 1,600 yards on the ground.  Too bad he did for a bad St. Louis Cardinals team that was barely on the National radar.

Anderson would prove he was not a one season wonder.  Although he would never again equal his rookie numbers he still posted decent ground numbers and was the highlight of a poor Cardinals team.  As it does in football, injuries piled up and he lost his explosiveness.  Anderson was however reinvented as a short yardage specialist by the New York Giants and he again accumulated impressive tallies.  He was a natural leader and as he rarely fumbled he was a strong key to the Giants ability to control the ball for extended periods of time.  As a Giant, Ottis Anderson twice won the Super Bowl, capped with an MVP performance in Super Bowl XXV.

Although Anderson gained major exposure with the Giants, few remember that he retired in the top ten all time in Rushing Yards.  He has since tumbled down that list, but he did have a long and fruitful career that few could match.

Should Ottis Anderson be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 75.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 1999
  • Position: Running Back
  • Played For: New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals
  • College: Miami (FL)
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 8th Overall in 1979
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Offensive Rookie of the Year (1979)
    Comeback Player of the Year (1989)
    Super Bowl MVP (1990)
    Pro Bowl Selections (2) (1979 & 1980)
    First Team All Pro Selection (1) (1979)
    Second Team All Pro Selection (1) (1980)
    Super Bowl Rings (2) (New York Giants, Super Bowl XXI & XXV)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (5) (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983 & 1984)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (3) (1980, 1989 & 1990)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards/Rushing Attempt (2) (1979 & 1980)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards/Game (6) (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1984)
    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (2) (1989 & 1990)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards from Scrimmage (5) (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983 & 1984)
    Top Ten Finishes: All Purpose Yards (5) (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983 & 1984)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 19.   Rushing Touchdowns: 81
    23.   Rushing Attempts: 2,562
    30.   Rushing Yards: 10,273
    43.   Yards from Scrimmage: 13,335
    45.   Touchdowns: 86
    63.   All-Purpose Yards: 13,335
    98.   Rushing Yards/Game: 56.4

Should Ottis Anderson be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 75.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.3%
Last modified on Tuesday, 07 May 2019 00:21

Comments   

0 #2 Chris Kyles 2016-08-29 17:19
Definitely should've been in the HOF years ago. Was a BEAST on a many TERRIBLE Cards teams and then was a key member on the Giants 2 Super Bowl teams (especially the 1990 season). Ran for over 10,000 yards and would've had at least 1500 more if not for the '82 and '87 strikes as king greer said. He's also the most disrespected and underrated great RB in NFL history in my opinion. He is completely forgotten and unappreciate d
Quote
0 #1 king greer 2014-02-01 04:30
Should have been in Hall of Fame 10 yrs ago. Best big back I've seen. Punished runners for over 10,000 yds rushing & key member on Giants 2 Super Bowl teams.

Two strike years in his career cost him a good 1500 yds. He would be closer to 12,000 yds but most people don't remember that. Ottis Anderson two thumbs up Football Hall of Fame. A legend!!! KG
Quote

Add comment


Security code
Refresh