Bobby Anderson
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Personal information
Born: (1947-10-11) October 11, 1947 (age 76)
Midland, Michigan, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Boulder
(Boulder, Colorado)
College:Colorado (1967–1969)
NFL draft:1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:1,282
Rushing average:4.1
Rushing touchdowns:9
Receiving yards:861
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at · PFR

Robert Conrad Anderson (born October 11, 1947) is an American former professional football halfback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the 1970s. He played college football for the Colorado Buffaloes, where he received All-American honors. He was drafted in the first round of the 1970 NFL Draft, and played professional for the Denver Broncos, the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). Anderson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Early years

Anderson was born in Midland, Michigan. He attended Boulder High School in Boulder, Colorado; following his senior season at Boulder he won the Gold Helmet award for being Colorado's top football player.

College career

Anderson attended the University of Colorado, where he played for the Colorado Buffaloes football team from 1967 to 1969.[1] He was the Buffaloes' dual-threat running quarterback during his sophomore and junior seasons, and led the team in both rushing and passing. The 1967 Buffaloes finished 9–2 and second in the Big Eight Conference, and Anderson scored twice as Colorado beat the Miami Hurricanes in the Bluebonnet Bowl. The 1968 Buffaloes finished 8–3, for third in the conference. When the 1969 Buffaloes faced injuries in the backfield, Anderson shifted to running back for the third game. The team finished third in the conference and went to the Liberty Bowl, where he rushed for a bowl record 254 yards and three touchdowns in a 47–33 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide. Following his senior season, Anderson was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.

Anderson's older brother Dick played for Colorado as a defensive back from 1965 to 1967.

Professional career

The Denver Broncos selected Anderson in the first round (11th pick overall) of the 1970 NFL Draft, and he played for the Broncos from 1970 to 1973. He played a final NFL season in 1975, splitting the year between the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins. In five NFL seasons, Anderson played in fifty-three games, and rushed 313 times for 1,282 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had eighty-four receptions for 861 yards and two touchdowns.

Post-playing career

Anderson formerly served as a long-time broadcaster on the CU Football Network. Anderson also appeared in the 1977 Robbie Benson movie One on One as "Hitman King", as well as in the 1985 Kevin Costner bicycling film "American Flyers" as a reporter.


  1. ^ "Looking back: Bobby Anderson's stellar CU Buffs debut". 19 September 2020.