For 14 seasons, former NFL RB Ottis “O.J” Anderson was a powerhouse. He averaged over 1200 yards in his first six seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals and would go on to win two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, which included being named MVP in Super Bowl 25.
The two-time Pro Bowler would retire in 1993. He finished his career with 10,273 rushing yards and 81 touchdowns on the ground. When Anderson stepped away from the game, he ranked seventh in rushing touchdowns and eighth in rushing yards.
Anderson had a great career and a career that should warrant serious consideration for the Hall of Fame. However, Anderson has been eligible for the Hall since 1999, and at this point, he will have to continue to wait a little longer. But if were up to Anderson, his number would be called
“Welp, if you look at stats, and that’s what they go by, there’s no doubt I should be. For whatever reason, they just don’t seem to not understand,” Anderson recently told Paul Gant about the Hall of Fame. “You know what, I ain’t play the game for the Hall of Fame; I played the game because I enjoyed it. I wanted to make a lot of fans happy. I think I accomplished those two things. If I get the third one, which is the Hall of Fame, I would be excited about it.
“I just hope I’m alive when they do it. I mean no offense to Terrell Davis, he just got in. He has way less yardage than me, but again, he is a very fine running back. I don’t know what criteria they’re judging it on, but if it’s on yardage, and other things tangible that goes with it, I think my resume looks pretty good.”
Anderson does have a strong case. As he said, he does have a lot more rushing yards than Davis(Anderson: 10273, Davis: 7607), and also, like Davis, Anderson has a Super Bowl MVP.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, his career is not getting the respect it deserves. Hopefully, he can get in at some point, and hopefully, as the 62-year-old Anderson said, he will be alive to see it.
This past weekend, former Broncos corner Champ Bailey and seven others were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Of the seven-person class that was inducted into the Hall, four of them were defensive backs(Bailey, Ed Reed, Ty Law, and Johnny Robinson), and according to Bailey, another Broncos’ DB could be joining him in Canton at some point, and that is Chris Harris Jr.
Entering his ninth season in the league, Harris, 30, is a four-time Pro Bowler, including All-Pro honors in 2016. Harris, who was an undrafted rookie free agent, helped the Broncos capture a Super Bowl title in the 2015 season. In 123 games, Harris has 19 interceptions, four which were returned for touchdowns, and in a two-year span(2013-2015), which included 35 games, Harris did not allow a touchdown reception.
“He came into the league as a free agent, and man, the moment I saw him practice, like, this dude was going to be special,” Bailey said on Sunday at the Enshrinees‘ Roundtable. “He was a dog! He did not care what anybody thought. Walk-through, no we’re running through this walk-through. He didn’t care. He was always intense, and even today, he’s still that same kid, hungry, acting like he has a chip on his shoulder.”
Listen below as Bailey talks why he believes Harris could be a Hall of Famer when his career is over: