Robert Paul Anderson
Robert Paul Anderson



Class of 1960
Football

A two-time first-team All-America selection, running back Bob Anderson led Army in rushing during each of his three varsity seasons, and helped the Black Knights forge a 19-6-2 (.741) record over his career. Anderson teamed with Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins to give the Black Knights a potent backfield combination in 1958 as Army captured its most recent Lambert Cup.

With Anderson compiling 564 yards as a junior, the Black Knights rolled to an 8-0-1 record in 1958. Anderson, who saw his senior season hampered severely due to an injury, graduated with 1,887 career ground markers and 21 rushing touchdowns. His yardage total listed second only to legendary Glenn Davis on Army's career rushing chart at the conclusion of his career, while that mark ranks 11th on the all-time ladder presently.

As a sophomore in 1957, Anderson burst onto the collegiate scene, amassing an eye-popping 987 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, nearly becoming only the second Army player to reach 1,000 yards in a season. Anderson averaged 109.7 rushing yards per game that year, including an Academy-record 214 ground yards against Utah. Anderson's performance versus the Utes remains the sixth-highest single-game rushing effort in Army grid annals. Anderson recorded five 100-yard rushing outings in his career.

A staunch two-way player, Anderson also led the Black Knights in interceptions in both 1957 and 1958. Additionally, Anderson lettered twice in baseball and in 1960 was presented the Army Athletic Association Trophy as the top athlete in his graduating class. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

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