John Anderson (American football)

  • NFL 1980s All- Decade Team
  • Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame (1996 )

Roger John Anderson ( born February 14, 1956 in Waukesha, Wisconsin ) is a former American professional American football player. He played as a linebacker in the National Football League ( NFL) with the Green Bay Packers.

Playing career

College career

John Anderson attended high school in his hometown. He studied from 1974 to 1977 at the University of Michigan, where he played as a linebacker and punter football for the Michigan Wolverines. In his first year, he won with his team at the Orange Bowl against the University of Oklahoma with 14:6. In the years 1977 and 1978, he failed in each case in the Rose Bowl with the Wolverines, 1976 14:6 at the University of Southern California in 1977 with 27:20 on the team from the University of Washington. Anderson won with his team three times in the championship of the Big Ten Conference and was elected twice in the league selection. Due to his academic achievements also twice was elected All-American. From his college, he was awarded four times.

Professional career

Anderson was drafted in 1978 by the Green Bay Packers in the first round in 26th place. Even as a rookie, he was employed by Bart Starr, the head coach of the Packers in the Defense of the team as a starter. In his first game year he was able to achieve five interceptions. With this performance, he was second in the team-internal leaderboard.

Anderson succeeded during his professional career only once with the Packers in the playoffs collect. In 1982 the team from Green Bay five of nine games won. Opponent in the NFC wild-card playoff game were the St. Louis Cardinals, who could be defeated by 41:16. The following NFC Divisional Play - off game, the Packers had then, however, defeated the Dallas Cowboys at 37:26.

John Anderson ended after the 1989 season, his career. With Tackle 1020 he was with Ray Nitschke at this time the record holder of the Green Bay Packers in this category.

After playing career

John Anderson worked after his playing career as a sports presenter on a U.S. television channel. Since 1998 he has worked as a geography teacher at a school in Brookfield.


John Anderson is a member of the NFL 1980s All- Decade Team. He is the only player was chosen in honor of this team has never played in a Pro Bowl or All Pro. The sports media from Michigan and Wisconsin elected him in the years 1982-1984 named MVP of the Green Bay Packers. The Packers took him in 1996 to in their Hall of Fame.