Former NFL tight end Bill Anderson, who played on two NFL championship teams with the Green Bay Packers as part of an eight-year NFL career, has died at the age of 80.
Adam Starkey, funeral director at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, said Wednesday that Anderson died Tuesday at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Anderson was selected in the third round of the 1958 NFL draft out of Tennessee by the Washington Redskins and played in the nation’s capital from 1958-63, earning All-Pro honors in 1959 and 1960. Anderson was the team’s Rookie of the Year in 1958 and its Player of the Year in 1959.
Anderson retired briefly from the NFL to become Tennessee’s tight ends coach in 1964, but was coaxed back to the NFL by legendary Packers head coach Vince Lombardi the following season. He spent two seasons in Green Bay in 1965 and 1966. Both teams were NFL champions and he subsequently earned a Super Bowl ring when the Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs to win Super Bowl I on January 15, 1967.
Anderson totaled 178 receptions, 3,048 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns during his NFL playing career.
After his NFL career, Anderson spent three decades as part of Tennessee football’s radio broadcast team. He retired after calling Tennessee’s National Championship victory over Florida State following the 1998 season.