Flipper Anderson

Flipper Anderson
No. 83, 84
Position: Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-03-07) March 7, 1965
Place of birth: Paulsboro, New Jersey
Career information
High school: Paulsboro (NJ)
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (XXXII)
  • NFL record, most yards receiving in a game, (336)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 267
Receiving yards: 5,357
Touchdowns: 28
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Willie Lee "Flipper" Anderson, Jr. (born March 7, 1965) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams (1988–1994), the Indianapolis Colts (1995), the Washington Redskins (1996), and the Denver Broncos (1997). As a Bronco, he was part of their Super Bowl XXXII championship team over the Green Bay Packers. As a Ram, he set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a game with 336 against the Saints on Nov. 26, 1989.[1]

Early life

Anderson was born in Paulsboro, New Jersey.[2] He played high school football at Paulsboro High School in southern New Jersey and was one of the nation's top high school football recruits of the Class of 1983.[3]

College career

Anderson played college football at UCLA where he was the main receiving target for quarterback Troy Aikman.

Professional career

Anderson was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2nd round (46th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft.[4]

Anderson played ten seasons in the NFL, and holds the National Football League record for most receiving yards and yards from scrimmage in a game, with 336 yards on 15 receptions with a 22.4 yards per reception average, set during the 12th week of the 1989 season against the New Orleans Saints. He finished the season with a career high 1,146 yards off just 44 receptions, giving him an average of 26 yards per catch. On January 7, 1990, during a divisional playoff game, the Rams won the coin toss after taking the New York Giants to overtime. The Rams drove 77 yards in four plays, the last being a 30-yard touchdown pass to Anderson, who caught the ball in the end zone and ran directly through the tunnel and into the locker room. He caught two touchdown passes in that 19-13 win.

Anderson finished his career with 267 receptions for 5,357 yards and 28 touchdowns, giving him a 20.1 career yards per catch average.


Anderson's son, Dres Anderson, played wide receiver for the Utah Utes, and was signed as a free agent by the San Francisco 49ers on May 4, 2015. Anderson also has a 2 daughters Shardea and Summer Anderson, and 3 sons by the name of Willie Lee 3rd, Seth and Drew Anderson


  1. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-time-a-guy-named-flipper-set-the-single-game-nfl-receiving-record/
  2. "Flipper Anderson". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  3. Carchidi, Sam. "Hodges leads Raiders over injury-riddled Herd", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 28, 2007. Accessed November 26, 2007. "On the second score, Hodges received a key downfield block from receiver Willie "Little Flipper" Anderson, whose father, Flipper Anderson, was a Paulsboro standout who later played in the NFL."
  4. "Flipper Anderson". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
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Preceded by
Stephone Paige
NFL single-game receiving record
November 26, 1989 – present
Succeeded by
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