PRO: Anderson enters his 23rd season as the NFL’s all-time leader in scoring (2,346
points), field goals (521) and field goal attempts (650). For the second consecutive
season, he came out of retirement to join the Titans, agreeing to terms Sept.
14 to rejoin the club after Joe Nedney injured his hamstring prior to the season
opener. In 2003, he signed with Tennessee Sept. 11 following Nedney’s season-ending
knee injury in the season opener. With 123 points in 2003, Anderson recorded
the fourth-best total of his career and the fourth-best total in franchise history.
He capped the memorable year by making his 15th career game-winning field goal
to give the Titans a 20-17 Wild Card Playoff victory over Baltimore (1/3/04),
connecting from 46 yards with 29 seconds remaining in the game. He has made 521
of 650 career field goal attempts (80.2%), including 358 of 398 from inside 40
yards (89.9%). Entering 2004, his 338 regular-season games played ties him with
Minnesota’s Morten Andersen for second in NFL history behind George Blanda’s 340.
He is tied with Andersen (1982-03) for the second-most seasons in NFL history
with 22, behind Blanda’s 26, and he is second behind Blanda in PAT attempts (790)
and PATs made (783). Anderson became NFL's all-time leading scorer with a 21-yard
field goal against Buffalo on Oct. 22, 2000, eclipsing Blanda's record of 2,002
points. In 1998, he became the first NFL player to go an entire season without
missing a kick by hitting 35 of 35 field goals and 59 of 59 extra points, and
his 164 points in 1998 were the second-most ever behind Paul Hornung’s 176 in
1960 and the most ever for a player who did not score a touchdown, breaking the
old record of 161 set by Washington's Mark Mosely in 1983. From 1997-98, he set
an NFL record for consecutive field goals made with 40 (35 in 1998, 5 in 1997),
breaking the Vikings team record and the league record of 31 consecutive field
goals set by Fuad Reveiz. He holds NFL records for career postseason scoring
(153 points), field goals attempted (40) and made (32), consecutive field goals
made (16, 1989-95), and PATs attempted (57) and made (57). He has scored 100
or more points in a season 14 times, which ties him with Andersen for the all-time
lead. A four-time Pro Bowl selection (1983, '85, '93, '98) and three-time AFC
scoring champion (1983-85), Anderson compiled Hall of Fame numbers despite playing
in bad weather cities for much of his career. He spent 13 seasons with Pittsburgh
(1982-94) before playing two years with Philadelphia (1995-96) and a year with
San Francisco (1997). He has held 20 Pittsburgh records, including three postseason
marks: field goals made in a game (4), longest field goal (50) and consecutive
field goals made (13). He became the first player to win three consecutive AFC
scoring titles since Gino Cappeletti (1963-66). Anderson was originally selected
by Buffalo in the seventh round (171st overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft but released
during training camp. He then was signed by Pittsburgh (9/7/82) six days before
the season opener.
IN 2003, connected on 27 of 31 field goals and all 42 of his extra point attempts to
record fourth-best scoring total of career and fourth-best total in team history
with 123 points. Debuted for Titans in Week 2 at Indianapolis (9/14) after being
signed because of Joe Nedney's season-ending Week 1 knee injury.
· At New England (10/5), made four of five field goal attempts (good from 43,
33, 37 and 41 yards) to record 21st game of his career in which he made four or
more field goals. Recorded the 500th successful field goal of his career with
· Connected on three field goals in consecutive wins at Carolina (10/19) and
· Against Tampa Bay (12/28), was perfect on four field goal attempts (37, 33,
43 and 23 yards) and three extra point attempts. Sent team to locker room with
16-3 lead after hitting 43-yard attempt with no time remaining in first half.
· In Wild Card Playoff win at Baltimore (1/3), made both field goal attempts,
including game-winning 46-yarder with 29 seconds remaining in the game that provided
20-17 win. Field goal was 15th game-winning kick of career (second in playoffs).
Also hit 45-yard field goal earlier in fourth quarter to provide 17-10 lead.
IN 2002, led Vikings with 90 points after returning to the team in Week 3. Led Vikings
in scoring for 5th straight season. Handled all FG and XP duties in 13 games
after return to Vikings.
· Scored season-high 11 points vs. Chicago (10/27).
· Connected on three-of-three FGs in pair of games, vs. Chicago (10/27) and
at Green Bay (12/8).
· Earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after booting 53-yard game-winning
FG with :17 remaining to top Miami (12/21). The 53-yarder tied his longest as
Viking and tied longest game-winning FG in team history.
IN 2001, led Vikings with 74 points, connecting on 44 of 48 kicks on the season, including
29 of 30 extra points and 15 of 18 field goals. Connected on six of seven
field goal attempts of 40+ yards.
· Scored season-high nine points vs. Green Bay (10/21).
· Made season-long field goals of 44 yards at Philadelphia (11/11) and at Green
· Had season-best six-of-six extra points vs. Tennessee (12/9).
IN 2000, had the second-highest kicking percentage, .985 (67-of-68), of his career.
Lone miss of season was blocked 51-yarder vs. Tampa Bay (10/9).
· Had season-long field goals of 49 yards vs. Miami (9/10) and @ Dallas (11/23).
· Scored a season-high 12 points vs. Chicago (9/3) and vs. Tampa Bay (10/9).
· Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort vs. Buffalo (10/22)
when he scored 11 points, hitting all three field goals from 38, 20 and 21 yards
and passed George Blanda to break the NFL's all-time scoring mark.
IN 1999, made 19 of 30 field goal attempts, including 15 of 19 from inside the 40.
Connected on two longest field goals of the season late as he made 47-yarder vs.
Dallas (1/9/00) in Wild Card Playoffs and 44-yarder vs. Detroit (1/2/00) in regular-season
· Made five-of-five field goals vs. Chicago (10/10) and scored season-high 16
· Hit 23-yard field goal with :01 remaining at Denver (10/31) to give Vikings
· Made 38-yard field goal in overtime to give Vikings 27-24 win at Chicago (11/14).
· Went two-for-two in field goals and three-for-three in extra points in Wild
Card Playoff game vs. Dallas (1/9/00).
IN 1998, earned berth in Pro Bowl for fourth time, becoming first Vikings kicker to
play in game since Fuad Reveiz in 1994. Named NFC Special Teams Player of the
Month for December. Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice, vs. Detroit
(9/20) and vs. Jacksonville (12/20). Named All-Pro by Associated Press, Sports
Illustrated, College & Pro Football Weekly, The Sporting News, Football Digest
and USA Today. Named to Pro Football Weekly's All-NFC and All-NFL teams and was
All-Madden Team selection. Honored as NFL Alumni Special Teams Player of the
Year and Pro Football Writers of America's Golden Toe Award winner. Tied for
NFL lead with 14 field goals from 40-plus yards.
· Became first Viking kicker to hit 50-yard field goal since Fuad Reveiz in
1995 with his 50-yarder at Chicago (9/27).
· Made 400th career field goal at Detroit (10/25).
· Made 45-yard field goal and was five-for-five in extra points in Thanksgiving
Day game at Dallas (11/26).
· Team and NFL-record breaking 32nd consecutive field goal was 24-yarder at Baltimore
(12/13) on day when he tied career-high with six field goals in game.
· Tied for second-longest field goal in team history with 53-yarder vs. Jacksonville
(12/20). Became only eighth Viking to score 100 points in season and was third
to do it in 11 games.
IN 1997, became NFL all-time leader for field goals with three field goals vs. Seattle
(12/21) to bring his career total to 385, surpassing Nick Lowery (383). Led 49ers
in points with 125. Converted 29 of 36 field goal attempts and 38 of 38 extra
point attempts. Finished second in NFC and third in NFL in points (125). Signed
with the 49ers as a free agent June 10, 1997.
IN 1996, scored a team-high 115 points, converting 25 of 29 field goals and 40 of 40
PATs. Finished fourth in NFC and fifth in NFL in field goal accuracy (.862),
his third-highest field goal percentage of career. Finished fifth in NFC and
11th in NFL in scoring. Tied a team record (Sam Baker in 1966-67) by connecting
on 12 consecutive field goal attempts during seven-week stretch (10/13-12/1).
· Passed George Blanda for third on NFL's all-time field goals made list with
four-for-four field goal performance vs. Atlanta (9/22).
· Moved ahead of Pat Leahy into fifth place on the NFL's all-time scorers list
with a season-long 46-yard field goal vs. Dallas (9/30).
· Was four-for-four on field goals, including game-winning 29-yarder vs. N.Y.
Giants (10/13). Moved ahead of Eddie Murray into fourth on NFL's all-time leading
scorer list against Giants.
· Was perfect five-for-five on field goal attempts and two-for-two on PATs for
season-high 17 points vs. Arizona (12/22).
IN 1995, finished season with 98 points after converting 22 of 30 field goals and 32
of 33 PATs.
Set team postseason records for points in a game (16), PAT attempts (7) and PATs
made (7) vs. Detroit (12/30) in Wild Card contest. Established an NFL postseason
record for consecutive field goals made (16) by making three of his first four
field goal attempts against Lions, breaking previous mark held by Rafael Septien
(15) from 1978-82.
· Was five-for-five on field goals in win over New Orleans (10/8).
· Went three-for-three on field goals, including a game-winning 35-yarder in
overtime following week vs. Washington (10/15).
· Went four-for-four on field goals, including 38-yarder to tie and 42-yard
game-winner with 1:26 to play vs. Dallas (12/10).
IN 1994, led Pittsburgh with 104 points, connecting on 24 of 29 field goal attempts
and all 32 PATs, his eighth 100-point season.
IN 1993, finished fifth in AFC and 10th in NFL with 116 points, his seventh 100-point
season. Earned third trip to Pro Bowl and was named First Team All-AFC by Pro
Football Weekly and UPI. Set team record with career-high .933 field goal percentage,
then-fourth highest percentage in NFL history. Converted 28 of 30 field goals
and all 32 PATs. Had six games with 10 or more points, including season-ending
16-9 win vs. Cleveland to clinch Wild Card berth. Had two streaks of 11 consecutive
field goals made.
IN 1992, tied for third in AFC and sixth in NFL with 113 points, his sixth 100-point
season and second straight. Made 28 of 36 field goals and 29 of 31 PATs. His
28 field goals ranked fourth in NFL and second AFC. Of eight field goals missed,
four were blocked and three were from 45 yards or more. Accounted for all of
Pittsburgh's points in four games: at Green Bay (9/27), Cleveland (10/11), Chicago
(12/13) and Minnesota (12/20).
IN 1991, scored team-high 100 points, his fifth 100-point season. Converted 23 of 33
field goals and all 31 PATs. Became 19th player in NFL history to score 1,000
career points. Had second longest field goal in team history with 54-yarder against
IN 1990, ranked seventh in AFC with 92 points, converting 20 of 25 field goals and all
32 PATs. Became 17th player in NFL history to kick 200 field goals after perfect
four-for-four performance against Cincinnati (12/2).
IN 1989, finished with team-high 91 points. Converted 21 of 30 field goals and 28 of
28 PATs. Became Pittsburgh's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Roy Gerela's
12-year record of 731 points, against Minnesota (9/24). Set team postseason records
for most field goals made in a game (four) and consecutive field goals made (seven).
IN 1988, ranked third in NFL with 118 points, his fourth 100-point season. Ranked second
in NFL with 28 field goals made. Converted 28 of 36 field goals, including 21
of 22 inside 40 yards, and 34 of 35 PATs.
· Broke three team records after going career-high six-for-six on field goal
attempts and three-of-three PATs against Denver (10/23). Became first AFC kicker
ever to score 21 points in game and fourth player in NFL history to go six-for-six
on field goals in single game.
· Became fourth player in NFL history to convert 200 consecutive PATs against
Houston (12/4), but had streak end at 202 that day.
IN 1987, played 12 games and ranked fifth in AFC with 87 points. Made 22 of 27 field
goals and all 21 PATsand named alternate to Pro Bowl.
IN 1986, played in 16 games and finished with team-high 95 points. Kicked 100th career
field goal and became the NFL's all-time accuracy leader at Cincinnati (10/13).
IN 1985, won third consecutive AFC scoring title with career-high 139 points and earned
Pro Bowl honors for second time. Made career-high 33 field goals on 42 attempts
and converted all 40 PATs. Became first player to lead AFC in scoring three consecutive
seasons since Gino Cappeletti (1963-66). Broke four team records, including points
in a season (139), field goals in a season (33), field goals in a game (5) and
consecutive field goals (18).
IN 1984, led AFC in scoring with 117 points, connecting on 24 of 32 field goals and
career-high 45 of 45 PATs. Set team record with 53-yard field goal against Indianapolis
(10/21) and shattered his own team record with career-long 55-yard field goal
vs. San Diego (11/25).
IN 1983, earned Pro Bowl honors for first time and led AFC in scoring for first time
with 119 points, marking his first 100-point season. Named team MVP after converting
27 of 31 field goals and 38 of 39 PATs.
IN 1982, played nine games and finished with 52 points. Named to the NFL All-Rookie
team. Converted 10 of 12 field goals and all 22 PATs.
· Made 42 of 56 field goals and scored 198 points during career at Syracuse.
Posted school-record .974 field goal percentage, making 18 of 19 to earn All-America
honors as senior.
· Was soccer team's leading scorer as freshman and also played rugby.
· Discovered by Syracuse coaches at Philadelphia Eagles tryout camp shortly
after moving to the U.S. from South Africa.
· Graduated with degree in business management/accounting in 1982.
· Married with two sons, Austin Lee and Douglas Jordan, family resides in Minneapolis,
· Grew up in Durban, South Africa, where he attended Brettonwood High, and moved
with family to United States following high school.
· Son of Reverend Douglas Anderson, a former professional soccer player in England.
· Has been active in community programs such as Spina Bifida, Adelphoi Village,
Youth Guidance and Project Bundle-up.
· Born Gary Allan Anderson on July 16, 1959, in Parys, Orange Free State, South