Bill Anderson (American football)

Walter William Anderson (July 13, 1936 – April 18, 2017) was an American football tight end in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers. He played high school football at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida and college football at the University of Tennessee. He was drafted in the third round of the 1958 NFL Draft.

Bill Anderson
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Anderson on a Fleer football card of 1961
No. 42, 88
Position:End, tight end
Personal information
Born:July 13, 1936
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Died:April 18, 2017 (aged 80)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Career information
NFL Draft:1958 / Round: 3 / Pick: 31
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:3,048
Receiving TDs:15
Rushing yards:11
Games played:98
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR


Anderson played for Washington from 1958 to 1963. He was selected by the team as Rookie of the Year in 1958 and Player of the Year in 1959. Bill made 178 catches, averaging 17.1 yards per catch, and scored 14 touchdowns over six seasons. Anderson was a two-time Pro Bowl selection (1959 and 1960).

Comeback with Green Bay

Anderson retired from football in 1963 and joined the Tennessee staff as an assistant coach. However, he temporarily put his retirement plans on hold and signed with the Green Bay Packers in 1965. He played 24 games with Green Bay from 1965–1966 and averaged 11.9 yards per catch. The comeback was a good thing for him as the Packers won the 1965 and 1966 NFL Championships and he subsequently earned a Super Bowl ring when the Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs to win Super Bowl I on January 15, 1967.


In 1968, Anderson returned to Tennessee as color analyst for football games on the Vol Network, partnered with play-by-play announcer John Ward. Ward and Anderson would remain together for 31 years, the longest-running broadcast partnership in college football at the time. Their final game was the 1998 national championship game, the first game of the Bowl Championship Series, won by Tennessee over Florida State University.


Anderson died on April 18, 2017, at a hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the age of 80.[1]


  1. ^ "Former NFL player, Tennessee broadcaster Bill Anderson dies". Associated Press. April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017.

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Bill Anderson (American football, born 1925)

Bill Anderson (July 20, 1925 – February 20, 2013) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Howard Payne University from 1988 to 1991, compiling a record of 24–18. Anderson was born in Erath County, Texas on July 20, 1925. During World War II he trained as B-29 tail gunner in the United States Army Air Corps, but did not serve overseas. After the war, he attended Pepperdine University, where he played college football from 1947 to 1949 before graduating in 1950. He then returned to his home state of Texas and coached football at a number of high schools. He later coached at Abilene Christian University, West Texas State University—now West Texas A&M University, Cisco College, and Tarleton State University. Anderson died on February 20, 2013 in Brownwood, Texas.

Bill Anderson (American football, born 1947)

William Anderson (born January 13, 1947) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at North Park University from 1978 to 1985 and at Illinois College from 1986 to 1994, compiling a career college football record of 46–107. Anderson played football for four seasons at North Park before graduating in 1969. In addition to coaching football at North Park, he also chaired the physical education department.

North Park University

North Park University is a private Christian university in Chicago, Illinois. It was

founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church. It is located on Chicago's north side and enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

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