Chat with Ottis Anderson
Anderson won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, his second NFL team. The first win came in Super Bowl XXI and the second in Super Bowl XXV. Anderson won the MVP of Super Bowl XXV in a 20-19 win over the Buffalo Bills. The game is most famous for Scott Norwood missing a game-winning field goal wide right. Anderson finished the game with 21 rushes for 102 yards and a touchdown.
The University of Miami product was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals with the eighth overall pick in the 1979 NFL draft. He spent the first eight years of his career with the Cardinals, before playing the next seven years with the Giants.
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How much tension was there in the locker room before the big game?
Ottis Anderson (12:31 PM)
There is a lot of tension in the locker room, mainly because you have millions of people on that one day watching the greatest show and the completion of a long season between the two best teams. You are the only show that day.
James Howell (Indianapolis)
What was you thinking when the field goal floated wide right?
Ottis Anderson (12:33 PM)
From my viewpoint, which was at the corner of the endzone healong towards our lockeroom, it looked good. I only knew it was not good when Andre Reed, James Lofton and Marv Levy, dropped their heads; I knew then that it must have been wide right, since there was no celebration on their end. In other words, I was very happy.
How much did it help having a good rookie RB in Rodney Hampton that SB year, as far as you getting rest during the season?
Ottis Anderson (12:35 PM)
I was just coming off one of my best years in '89 and I did not expect Hampton to get drafted, also because we had Meggett and Tillman and Lee Rouson on the team. I thought I was going to be the starter throughout the season. I was a little disappointed when they drafted him, but he developed, and I knew that as a first round pick it would not take him long to get playing time.
Otis, my man, I loved when you and Mike Francesa were on the FAN during the Super Bowl questions! Was Mike right by someone not getting the answer to who was the SB MVP when you got it?
Ottis Anderson (12:36 PM)
No, nobody actually did. I am proud to have done that show. Mike had told me that every year someone did not know that answer. It was actually the first year they got it right.
Who do you think is going to win Super Bowl XLIII?
Ottis Anderson (12:36 PM)
Mike you better not be gambling, but I think the Cards are going to win it.
what was it like playing for Bill Parcells?
Ottis Anderson (12:37 PM)
It was like playing for a very disciplined daddy. He is always breathing down your neck, making sure you do the right things, and making sure you are a good kid and player and that you understand your assignments.
Joseph Watts (Augusta, Ga)
What running back now do you think resembles your style of running.
Ottis Anderson (12:38 PM)
I would say the Edge with the Cards. He has my height, and he can make you miss. Brandon Jacobs has the power that I had at the end of my career, but I would go with Edgerrin James.
You have had so many great accomplishments over your career. Of all those accomplishments, which one means the most to you?
Ottis Anderson (12:39 PM)
I would say winning rookie of the year and the MVP of the Super Bowl. It is hard to take one away. One was at the beggining of my career and one was at the end.
are you picking the cards because you played for them?
Ottis Anderson (12:40 PM)
Was Whitney Houston's anthem the best you ever heard and how did you feel at that moment?
Ottis Anderson (12:41 PM)
Yes, it was one of the best. And it gave an uplifting feeling to me and everyone around. It made us want to get up and knock some people down. It gave you a major rush, one you cannot even imagine.
more impressive super bowl performance - simms or hostetler
Ottis Anderson (12:42 PM)
Phil still has the completion record, I believe, but as far as getting knocked down and getting up I would go with Jeff. He took a beating and kept getting up. I still think he could have won the MVP of that game. I actually think they should have given it to both of us. It would not have been the first time the award was split.
Hi Ottis, thanks for everything you did for the Giants. As a Giant, you were a battering ram, much like Jacobs is. Do you see him having a long career, like yourself?
Ottis Anderson (12:44 PM)
I think what people miss is the early part of my career, where I was more elusive. I became a battering ram later in my career. It depends on how he takes care of his body. He will experience wear and tear the way he runs though.
Did you feel the game was over after you guys came out of halftime and had that KILLER long drive that worn down the defense?
Ottis Anderson (12:45 PM)
I think it was over when he missed the FG. They were always in it. The drive did take something out of them. But I'll go with the FG.
Ottis Anderson (12:48 PM)
Thanks for all the support and remembering my past glory years with the Cardinals and the Giants. Always stay behind your team and keep writing to the Hall of Fame about me getting in...I deserve it!