Chosen by the New Jersey Generals with the 5th overall selection in the 1983 USFL draft and chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the 20th overall pick in that year's NFL draft, Arkansas RB Gary Anderson was expected to head for the NFL.  But to the surprise of many Anderson desired to play in Tampa with the Tampa Bay Bandits, so on May 9, 1983 a deal was quickly worked out between the Gens and Bandits trading his USFL rights, and wham-bam, Anderson was a key figure in Steve Spurrier's "Banditball" offense.

Rushing for 2,731 yards and 39 touchdowns over the course of his USFL career was good enough to place Anderson as the fourth highest ground-gainer in USFL history.  When the USFL closed up shop, he moved on to the NFL, where he played in San Diego (1985-88), Tampa Bay (1990-93) and Detroit (1993), including a 1988 season where he ran for 1,119 yards and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl.

In 2006, Anderson was elected to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.


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