Tim Anderson
No. 26
Position:Defensive back
Personal information
Born: (1949-08-01) August 1, 1949 (age 73)
Colliers, West Virginia
Career information
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played:15
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

William Tim Anderson (born August 1, 1949) is a former American football defensive back in the National Football League and Canadian Football League. He played for the Toronto Argonauts, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills. He played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes.[1]

After being drafted by the 49ers in the first round of the 1971 NFL Draft, Anderson was so unhappy with the 49ers' contract offer that he considered quitting football and signed with the Argonauts instead.[2] Anderson said that "The negotiations with the 49ers go off on the wrong foot and got progressively worse."[2] He believed that he believed he was the first NFL first round draft pick to sign with the CFL instead, and was followed by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers in 1973 in taking that route.[2] He earned all-CFL honors while with the Argonauts in 1973.[2][3] He signed with the 49ers before the 1975 season and said that the contract was "for a lot better money than they offered [in 1971], but it's not a no-cut contract."[2]

After serving as a backup safety for most of the 1975 season, Anderson and Mike Holmes were traded to the Bills in exchange for 2 draft picks before the 1976 season.[4] After playing the first two games for the Bills in September 1976, he was placed on injured reserve with a bruised thigh and the Bills then waived him in October.[5][6] The Detroit Lions signed Anderson before the 1977 season but waived him during preseason.[7][8]


  1. ^ "History.HTML".
  2. ^ a b c d e "He kept his dream: Canada to the 49ers". Ithaca Journal. September 1, 1975. p. 13. Retrieved 2022-09-03 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "William Anderson". Stats Crew. Retrieved 2022-09-03.
  4. ^ "Niners deal with Bills". Concord Transcript. September 7, 1976. p. 6. Retrieved 2022-09-03 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Bills waive Vic Washington". Valley Morning Star. September 25, 1976. p. B4. Retrieved 2022-09-03 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Pascarelli, Peter (October 8, 1976). "Bills start Edwards". Democrat and Chronicle. p. 3D. Retrieved 2022-09-03 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Lions sign Tim Anderson". Johnson City Press. June 24, 1977. p. 17. Retrieved 2022-09-03 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Lions get Mike-Mayer". Herald-Palladium. September 2, 1977. p. 17. Retrieved 2022-09-03 – via newspapers.com.