Mike Anderson (running back)
|Born:||September 21, 1973|
Winnsboro, South Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school:||Fawn Grove (PA) Kennard-Dale|
|NFL Draft:||2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 189|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Michael Moschello Anderson (born September 21, 1973) is a former American football running back and Marine. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Utah.
Anderson spent four years in the United States Marine Corps upon completion of high school in order to earn educational benefits and in consideration of a possible military career. While in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, he played on the 11th Marines contact football team, where he was seen by an assistant coach for Mt. San Jacinto Junior College.
Anderson attended Mt. San Jacinto Junior College for two years. As a freshman, helped his team win the L.A. Bowl with 1,511 rushing yards. He won the California State JUCO Player of the Year after rushing for 1,686 yards as a sophomore. Anderson went on to become a two-time all-conference player at the University of Utah where he was a teammate of former Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers star wide receiver Steve Smith. Anderson finished his two-year career with the best per-game rushing average in school history (102.4 avg.)
Anderson played five seasons for the Denver Broncos. In his first season in 2000, he ended up with 1,487 yards and received the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. He set several franchise records on December 3 at New Orleans with 37 carries for 251 yards and four touchdowns. He also had games with 187 and 195 yards, the only rookie in NFL history with three 175+ yard games. He was plagued by injuries in the following years, not even playing in 2004, the result of tearing both groin muscles while blocking on a punt return in the waning moments of a preseason game. The 2005 NFL season was a return to form. He rushed for 1,014 yards in 15 games. In reaching his second 1,000-yard rushing season, Anderson set several modern-day NFL records (longest stretch between seasons leading a team in rushing, longest stretch between a player's first and second 1,000-yard rushing seasons, and greatest number of seasons passed between 1,000-yard rushing seasons with no intervening seasons rushing for that distance). On March 1, 2006, Anderson was waived by the Broncos to avoid exceeding the salary cap.
As of 2017[update]'s NFL off-season, Anderson held at least 11 Broncos franchise records, including:
- Rush Attempts: rookie season (297 in 2000), rookie game (37 on 2000-12-03 @NOR; with Olandis Gary)
- Rush Yards: game and rookie game (251 on 2000-12-03 @NOR)
- Rushing TDs: rookie season (15 in 2000; with Clinton Portis), rookie game (4 on 2000-12-03 @NOR)
- Total TDs: rookie game (4 on 2000-12-03 @NOR; with Clinton Portis)
- Yds from Scrimmage: game and rookie game (256 on 2000-12-03 @NOR)
- Games with 2+ TD scored: rookie season (5; with Clinton Portis)
- Games with 3+ TD scored: rookie season (1; with Jon Keyworth, Terrell Davis, and Clinton Portis)
On March 12, 2006, Anderson and the Ravens agreed on a contract. During the 2006 season, he was third string behind Jamal Lewis and Musa Smith. He finished 2006 with 39 carries for 143 yards and 1 touchdown, as well as 9 receptions for 54 yards. On February 27, 2008 the Ravens released him, ending his NFL career.
NFL career statistics
|2004||DEN||Missed season - Groin injury|
- "Players: Mike Anderson Bio". NFLPlayers.com. Retrieved April 22, 2007.
- Scott Baron. "Rush to Success". G.I. Jobs. Archived from the original on March 4, 2007. Retrieved April 22, 2007.
Former Marine and 2000 NFL Rookie of the Year Mike Anderson tells how his experience in the Corps has made him a success on the NFL gridiron.
- As of 2017[update] 48 rookies, per pro-football-reference.com
- "Mike Anderson". Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
- C. Mark Brinkley (March 1, 2007). "Test yourself against the NFL combine". Marine Corps Times. Archived from the original on April 11, 2007. Retrieved April 22, 2007. Profile of Mike Anderson.
| NFL rookie single-game rushing record
December 3, 2000 – November 4, 2007