Willie Lee “Flipper” Anderson, Jr. was born on March 7, 1965 in Paulsboro, New Jersey. He is a former NFL wide receiver who played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1988-1994, Indianapolis Colts in 1995, Washington Redskins in 1996, and Denver Broncos in 1997. He played college football at UCLA. He is nicknamed “Flipper” after the TV show “Flipper.”
Flipper Anderson Game Highlights
It was November 26, 1989 and the Rams traveled to New Orleans to play the Saints. A game was about to be played that will never be forgotten. A 300-yard passing game was about to take place, however, it was a wide receiver who would gain over 300 yards receiving. Jim Everett looked to Flipper Anderson early and often. He connected 15 times for an NFL record 336 yards and a touchdown. The Rams won the game 20-17. Flipper Anderson was quoted as saying, “I looked at the big screen and saw he was throwing the ball to me, and I looked back and caught it. When you see the pass coming on the Jumbo screen, you know you are in for a big day.”
January 7, 1990 the Rams traveled to New York to face off against the New York Giants in a playoff contest. It was a hard-fought game, tied 13-13 at the end of regulation. After Jackie Slater won the coin toss, the Rams drove 77 yards in 4 plays. Just 66 seconds into overtime, Jim Everett dropped back and connected on a 30-yard fade pass for the winning touchdown. Flipper caught the ball, ran through the end zone and through the tunnel to the locker room to defeat the Giants 19-13. On the day, Anderson caught 2 passes for 50 yards and 2 TDs.
Looking Back at Flipper Anderson
During the 1989 season with the Los Angeles Rams, he finished the season with a career high 1,146 yards off just 44 receptions, giving him an average of 26 yards per catch.
Anderson finished his career with 267 receptions for 5,357 yards and 28 touchdowns, giving him a 20.1 career yards per catch average.
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August 20, 2007