Many of you may remember former L.A. Raiders, Safety, Eddie Anderson. His son Brandon Anderson wrapped up his Senior campaign at Fort Valley State where he endured a successful NFL career. Learn more about Brandon as Joe Gaiter took the time to interview Mr. Anderson.
Joe Gaiter: Who is Brandon Anderson?
Brandon Anderson: I’m a goal oriented, God fearing man who has great character. I’m very competitive on and off the field. And one of my best attributes is that I’m a hard worker and will never settle for just being average.
Joe Gaiter: How will you prove yourself on the field?
Brandon Anderson: I’ll prove myself by putting in hard work on the grid iron, weight room, and most of all on the chalk board and in the film room.
Joe Gaiter: What goals do you have for the NFL?
Brandon Anderson: Well my main goal is honestly getting there and being able to make a 53 man roster. In my opinion with hard work and dedication the sky is the limit from there.
Joe Gaiter: Who has been your biggest influence in your football career?
Brandon Anderson: I’ll have to say my dad Eddie Anderson(former Raider) hands down is the most influential person in my life when it comes to football. He never would let me settle for less and he’s always been in my corner no matter the situation.
Joe Gaiter: Who in the NFL has your style of play?
Brandon Anderson: If I had to narrow it down to one guy with my style of play, I would have to go with my dog Arian Foster for the Houston Texans. Not only do we have a similar style of play but we also have never had anything just giving to us. But in my opinion by facing adversity throughout my career, it’s definitely made me the person and player who I am today.
Joe Gaiter: What are your biggest strengths on the field?
Brandon Anderson: I believe that I’m a well-balanced back. I’m powerful enough to break tackles and fast enough to pull away from the pack when I get in open field.
Joe Gaiter: What is the hardest part about playing your position?
Brandon Anderson: The hardest part about playing running back is honestly picking up a defender and most of all picking up the right defender as the defense sends a blitz.
Joe Gaiter: How will you elevate your skills to a NFL level?
Brandon Anderson: The way I plan to elevate my skills for next level isn’t really a secret at all; it’ll be done through hard work and dedication to the game. And most of all just being a student of the game, and not being afraid to take in information from others who are knowledgeable of the game.( Every piece of knowledge counts once your blessed to reach that level.)
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss the most about playing at Fort Valley State University?
Brandon Anderson: I’ll have to say my teammates. Hands down. Everyday was a work day at fort valley whether it was on the practice field or on the game field but we were always a close bunch of guys so we always managed to have a good time.
Joe Gaiter: What are some of your accomplishments?
Brandon Anderson: As a true freshman I was 3rd in touchdowns on the team with 7. My sophomore season I did alright I averaged a touchdown per ever 11 carries. My junior season I lead the team with 10 touchdowns, 600yards rushing and that was my first year that I started kickoff return. My first game that I started back deep my first kick return was for a 99 yard touchdown. which would’ve been a school record but unfortunately there was a flag on the play.. My senior season I finished number 7 in the nation even after missing three games on kickoff return averaging a little over 30 yards a return.