Thursday, November 17, 2011

Alfred Anderson

Sent: 11/3/11
Received: 11/12/11
Time: 9 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1985 Topps, 1985 Vikings Police, 1989 Topps, 1990 Pro Set
Item Received: 1985 Topps, 1985 Vikings Police, 1989 Topps, 1990 Pro Set.  All signed in black Sharpie.

Possibly the only bright spot during the Vikings dismal "Les Steckel season" of 1984 (when they finished with their worst-ever record at 3-13) was the play of rookie third-round draft pick Alfred Anderson.  Although he was probably miscast as a featured running back, he did rush for a team-leading 773 yards.  It was a career high by a long shot.  Big Alfred did play eight years in the NFL, all with the Purple, and handled every role you could ask from a running back: featured tailback, third-down back, blocking back, kick returner.  Quite simply, he was an everyman.  He was one of the key character figures on the teams I grew up with, and always one of my favorites.  Thanks, Alfred!

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