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Flipper Anderson
Wide receiver
Jersey #(s)
83, 84
Born March 7, 1965 (1965-03-07) (age 44)
Career information
Year(s) 19881997
NFL Draft 1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
College UCLA
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 267
Receiving yards 5,357
Touchdowns 28
Stats at
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Career highlights and awards
  • NFL record, most yards receiving in a game

Willie Lee "Flipper" Anderson, Jr. (born March 7, 1965 in Paulsboro, New Jersey) is a former American football wide receiver who played for the Los Angeles Rams (1988-1994), the Indianapolis Colts (1995), the Washington Redskins (1996), and the Denver Broncos (1997). He played college football at UCLA where he was the main receiving target for UCLA quarterback, Troy Aikman.

Anderson 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.[1]

He holds the National Football League record for most receiving yards 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.


  1. ^ 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."


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