Willie Anderson (American football)

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Willie Anderson
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Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1975-07-11) July 11, 1975 (age 43)
Mobile, Alabama
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:340 lb (154 kg)
Career information
High school: Vigor (Prichard, Alabama)
College: Auburn
NFL Draft: 1996  / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:195
Games started:184
Fumbles recovered:3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Willie Aaron Anderson (born July 11, 1975) is a former American football player who was an offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Auburn University. He was drafted by the Bengals 10th overall in the 1996 NFL Draft. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Anderson played his first 12 seasons with the Bengals.

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College career

Anderson attended Auburn University, where he played for the Auburn Tigers football team from 1993 to 1995. He majored in marketing education.

Auburn University public university in Auburn, Alabama, United States

Auburn University is a land-grant and public research university in Auburn, Alabama, United States. With more than 23,000 undergraduate students and a total enrollment of more than 30,000 with 1,260 faculty members, Auburn is the second largest university in Alabama. Auburn University is one of the state's two public flagship universities.

Auburn Tigers football NCAA Divison 1 Football Program

The Auburn Tigers football program represents Auburn University in the sport of American college football. Auburn competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Professional career

Cincinnati Bengals

Anderson (second to left) observes a coin toss during a 2004 game against the Washington Redskins. Opening coin toss at the Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals 2004.jpg
Anderson (second to left) observes a coin toss during a 2004 game against the Washington Redskins.

Anderson was selected in the first round (10th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft, and was signed to a 5-year, $11 million-dollar deal. He made Dr. Z's Sports Illustrated All Pro team, and was a first alternate to the Pro Bowl in the 2001 and 2002 seasons. He was selected to represent the AFC in the 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 Pro Bowl. He only missed 2 games, which spanned from 1999-2006. He was considered as the Bengals' Iron Man.

1996 NFL Draft

The 1996 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 20–21, 1996, at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. No teams chose to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

2001 Pro Bowl

The 2001 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 2000 season. The game was played on February 4, 2001, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was AFC 38, NFC 17. Rich Gannon of the Oakland Raiders was the game's MVP.

2002 Pro Bowl

The 2002 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 2001 season. The game was played on February 9, 2002, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was AFC 38, NFC 30. Rich Gannon of the Oakland Raiders was the game's MVP.

In his rookie season, it was said that he was able to bench press 675 pounds. Anderson received a 5-year, $30 million contract extension after the 1999 season, his 4th season. Prior to the 2006 season, his 11th with the Bengals, Anderson was signed to a 5-year, $32 million contract extension, in which he was guaranteed $20 million.

The 2006 NFL season was the 87th regular season of the National Football League. Regular season play was held from September 7 to December 31, 2006.

Anderson was asked to be cut by the Bengals on August 30, 2008, after he refused to take a pay cut.

In 2017 Anderson was named by the Bengals as one of their top 50 players to celebrate their 50th season.[ citation needed ]

Baltimore Ravens

On September 5, 2008, Anderson signed a 3-year, $11 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens. He started 10 games for the Baltimore Ravens. On May 13, 2009, the Ravens placed him on the reserved-retired list. The Ravens asked Anderson to reconsider his retirement, but he stated that "wanting to spend more time with his son as a reason not to."

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