Courtesy of New York Jets
The New York Jets announced Wednesday the signing of fullback Richie Anderson, with his intent to retire as a Jet. The announcement was made by Jetsâ€™ Executive Vice President/General Manager Terry Bradway.
Anderson, a native of Sandy Spring, MD, entered the NFL as a sixth-round selection of the Jetsâ€™ in 1993. He finished his career with the Jets ranked second in team history for both receptions (305) and receiving yards (2,449) among running backs. He also caught 10 touchdown passes during his tenure placing him fourth in team annals. In 2000 Anderson was voted to the Pro Bowl as the starting fullback after finishing with a team and career-high 88 receptions for 853 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 63 yards on 27 carries. He spent the final two seasons of his career with the Dallas Cowboys where he served as a team captain, and recorded 127 carries for 552 yards, and two touchdowns in addition to catching 95 passes for 700 yards and four touchdowns.
During his career Anderson was extremely versatility lining up at running back, tight end and wide receiver in addition to his regular fullback role. In 161 NFL games Anderson recorded 1,274 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 318 carries. He also added 400 receptions for 3,149 yards, 14 touchdowns; seven kickoff returns for 109 yards along with completing one 26-yard touchdown pass in four pass attempts. His 400 receptions place him 21st in NFL history among running backs in receptions.