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Walt Anderson (American football official)

 

Walt Anderson (American football official)

Walt Anderson
Anderson in November 2008
Nationality United States
Education University of Texas
(Doctorate of Dentistry, 1978)
Sam Houston State University
(Bachelor's degree, 1974)
Occupation NFL official (1996–Present)
Coordinator of Football Officials, Big 12 (2006–Present)
Spouse(s) Married
Children Five children

Dr. Walt Anderson (born c. 1952)[1] is an official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 1996 NFL season.[2] Anderson spent his first seven seasons in the NFL as a line judge before being promoted to referee for the start of the 2003 NFL season after Dick Hantak and Bob McElwee announced their retirements.[3] He is notable for officiating Super Bowl XXXV. Anderson was also named as Referee for Super Bowl XLV which was played on Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas, at Cowboys Stadium.[4] He wears uniform number 66. Anderson's 2014 NFL officiating crew consists of umpire Jeff Rice, head linesman Steve Stelljes, line judge Byron Boston, field judge Eugene Hall, side judge Greg Meyer and back judge Terrence Miles.[5]

Personal

Early life

Born in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, Anderson was raised in Channelview, Texas where his father was a high school football head coach.[3] He played quarterback for his father at Channelview.[3] Later, he played football for Sam Houston State University, where he was a two-time Academic All-American[2] and lettered four years.[3] He graduated from Sam Houston State in 1974.[2]

Family

He is married to Afshan and they have one child together (he and his wife each have two children from previous marriages).[2] He currently resides in Sugar Land, Texas.[2]

Other professions

After completing his undergraduate studies at Sam Houston, he became a dentist and received a Doctorate of Dentistry from the University of Texas Dental Branch.[2] He retired from dentistry in 2003 when he was promoted to referee in the NFL.[3]

On April 26, 2006, Anderson was named Coordinator of Football Officials for the Big 12 Conference, succeeding former NFL field judge Tim Millis in this position.[2]

Officiating career

Early years

Wanting to stay active in football following college, Anderson decided to pursue a career in officiating.[1] He began officiating junior high and little leagues, high school, then eventually college.[1] In 11 years of college experience, he worked games in the Lone Star (Division II), Southland (Division I-AA), and Southwest Conferences (Division I).[2] At the college level, Anderson was scouted by ex-NFL officials who were looking to fill openings at the professional football level.[1]

National Football League

Anderson joined the NFL in 1996 and since then he has worked playoff games in every year of eligibility, including five Wild Card, two Divisional, three Championship games, and two Super Bowls: Super Bowl XXXV in 2000 and Super Bowl XLV in 2011.[2] Anderson cites Super Bowl XXXV as being his most memorable game.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Q&A with NFL Referee Walt Anderson". Cleveland Browns. 2003-08-26. Archived from the original on 2003-08-28. Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Walt Anderson Named Big 12 Conference Coordinator Of Football Officials". Big 12 Conference and CSTV. 2006-04-26. Archived from the original on 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Davis, Brian (2006-11-17). "Big 12 officials get plenty of looks". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2007-09-04. 
  4. ^ http://www.shsu.edu/~pin_www/T@S/sliders/2011/waltanderson.html
  5. ^ http://www.footballzebras.com/2014/08/07/10910/
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