Taz Anderson

Tazwell Leigh Anderson Jr.[1] (November 15, 1938 – September 26, 2016) was an American football player who played for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team and professionally for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons. While at Georgia Tech, he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. In 2005, he was elected to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.[2][4]

After his professional sports career, Anderson became an Atlanta-area realtor,[5] and owns TazMedia and Taz Anderson Realty.[6] He helped create the Centennial Tower (a large olympic flame commemorating the 1996 Summer Olympics) next to The Varsity.[7]

Anderson was also deeply involved with the Georgia Tech Athletic Association; for ten years, he was a trustee, and "has been [a] member of or chair of every major project for the Tech Athletic Association for the past 30 years."[8] He organized and served as developer of the 1985 renovation of Alexander Memorial Coliseum.[8] He died on September 26, 2016 at the age of 77.[9]

Taz Anderson
No. 85, 87
Position:Tight end[1]
Personal information
Born:November 15, 1938
Savannah, Georgia
Died:September 26, 2016 (aged 77)
Atlanta, Georgia
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Savannah (GA)
College:Georgia Tech
NFL Draft:1960 / Round: 7 / Pick: 80
AFL draft:1960 / Round: 2
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Cardinals Rookie of the Year (1961)[2][3]
  • All State High School Football
  • Honorable All American as fullback at Georgia Tech (1959)
  • Savannah (GA) Football athlete of century
  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
  • Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR


  1. ^ a b "Taz Anderson". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 24, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Taz Anderson". Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  3. ^ Not to be confused with the NFL Rookie of the Year Award.
  4. ^ "Anderson, Gaston Represent Tech in Ga Sports Hall of Fame Class". theacc.com. September 26, 2005. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2007.
  5. ^ "Real Estate Team: Taz Anderson, Jr". Taz Anderson Realty Company. Archived from the original on February 4, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2007.
  6. ^ Credeur, Mary Jane (May 20, 2005). "Success after the cheering fades away". Atlanta Business Chronicle. Retrieved March 24, 2007.
  7. ^ Dunn, John (Summer 1996). "Taz's Tower". Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine Online. Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Archived from the original on October 25, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2007.
  8. ^ a b Asher, Gene (November 2006). "Tech Support: Football great Taz Anderson now scores fund-raising dollars for his school instead of points". Retrieved March 24, 2007.
  9. ^ http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/college/tech-great-taz-anderson-dies-at-77/nsfkf/

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