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! - 75.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.9%