Michael Moschello Anderson (born September 21, 1973 in Winnsboro, South Carolina) is an NFL running back who currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens. In 2000, Anderson was drafted in the sixth round (189th overall) by the Denver Broncos, and was chosen as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press.

High school

Anderson is a graduate of Fairfield Central High School in Fairfield, South Carolina, where he did not compete in sports. Anderson was discouraged by coaches who inisted he was too big and muscular to play running back. Instead, he played drums in the school's marching band. Anderson spent four years in the United States Marine Corps upon completion of high school.

College career

Mike Anderson attended Mt. San Jacinto Junior College for two years. He won the California State JUCO Player of the Year after rushing for 1,686 yards as a sophomore, and as a freshman helped his team win the L.A. Bowl. During the season, Anderson posted 1,511 rushing yards. Anderson went on to become a two-time all-conference player at the University of Utah, where he finished his two-year career with the best per-game rushing average in school history (102.4 avg.)

NFL career

Denver Broncos

Anderson played five seasons for the Denver Broncos. In his first season in 2000 he ended up with 1487 yards. He was plagued by injuries in the following years, not even playing in 2004, the result of tearing both groin muscles while blocking on a punt return in the waning moments of a meaningless preseason game. The 2005 NFL season was a good one for him. He rushed for 1014 Yards in 15 games. In reaching his second 1,000-yard rushing season, Anderson set several modern-day NFL records (longest stretch between seasons leading a team in rushing, longest stretch between a player's first and second 1,000-yard rushing seasons, and greatest number of seasons passed between 1,000-yard rushing seasons with no intervening seasons rushing for that distance). On March 1,2006, Anderson was waived by the Denver Broncos to avoid exceeding the league-imposed salary cap.

Baltimore Ravens

On March 12, 2006, Anderson and the Ravens made a contract agreement. He's expected to be the second string running back behind Jamal Lewis.


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