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Mark Anderson

Anderson runs drills at the 2008 summer training camp.
No. 97     Chicago Bears
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: May 26, 1983 (1983-05-26) (age 26)
Place of birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 5 / Pick: 159
Debuted in 2006 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Rookie (2006)
  • Defensive Rookie of the Month (Oct/06)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2009
Tackles     87
Sacks     19.0
INTs     0
Stats at

Mark Anderson (born May 26, 1983 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League.


High school years

Anderson attended Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was a student and a letterman in football and basketball. In football, he was an All-Metro selection and was named as a Big 12 Prep pick. Mark Anderson graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 2001. Anderson recorded 104 tackles and 9 sacks along with 9 receptions and 3 touchdowns during his senior season to help the Hornets to an 11-2 record. In his best game he notched 20 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 blocked punts in 1 game as a senior. He also played basketball.

College years

Anderson attended the University of Alabama (where he became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.). He was a four-year letterwinner at Alabama (2001-05) starting 30 of 50 games, including the final 29 of his career, He finished with 141 career tackles, 13.5 sacks, 25 tackles for loss (TFL) (7th all-time at Alabama), 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 passes deflected. He received second-team all-Southeastern Conference accolades as a senior after pacing Alabama with 7.5 sacks and 18 TFLs among 40 tackles while adding 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked field goal in 12 starts.

Anderson started every contest during junior campaign and ranked 8th on team with 41 tackles while contributing 11 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 passes deflected.

He earned Alabama's Billy Neighbors Most Improved Defensive Lineman award as a sophomore following spring practice and went on to register 47 tackles, 8 TFLs and 2.5 sacks while playing every game and starting 6. Anderson played every game during red-shirt freshman season, finishing with 13 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery earning the Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman award following spring practice. He graduated with a degree in consumer science.

Professional career



Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4 * 254 * 4.61 * 1.64 * 2.74 * 4.22 * 6.95 * 42" * 10'07" * 20 * X

(* represents NFL Combine) [1]

Chicago Bears

Anderson was selected with the 159th overall pick (5th round) in the 2006 NFL Draft. Despite not being an official starter in the Bears Cover 2 defensive scheme, Anderson has thrived in his role as a third-down pass rusher, and during the 2006 regular season he totaled 12 sacks, a Chicago Bears rookie record, which was previously held by Brian Urlacher. Anderson also received consideration in 2006 Defensive Rookie of the Year, finishing second in the voting to former Alabama teammate, DeMeco Ryans. He was named to Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie team

He played in all 16 regular season contests gathering 48 tackles to go along with 3 TFLs, 5 QB Hits, 2 PBUs, 4 FFs and 1 FR. Also played in all 3 postseason contests, recording 4 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He combined with Alex Brown for 19 sacks in 2006, the most by a Chicago DE duo since Richard Dent and Trace Armstrong recorded 24 sacks in 1993. Anderson has recorded 4 multiple-sack games in 16 career regular season games played. He registered 0.5 sack in Super Bowl XLI and 1.5 sacks among 4 tackles in 3 postseason contests. He was voted NFL Defensive Rookie of the month in October 2006.


  1. ^ "Mark Anderson". NFL Draft March 25, 2006. Retrieved April 15, 2009.  

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