From Pig Skin to Fishing Rod

Games with at least 3 field goals: 76. Games with at least 10 points: 85. Consecutive seasons with at least 50 points: 23 seasons (1982-2004) Oldest player to score 20 points in a game: 39 years, 150 days. Held a record for 16 straight postseason field goals until broken in 2009. Had a perfect kicking season in 1998 making 94 of 94 kicks. 51 Monday Night Football field goals made for a total of 241 MNF points. 978 field goals made in career for 2,434 total points in 23 year career. 4x Pro Bowler (83,85, 93,98) NFL 1980’s and 1990’s all decade team member. Pittsburgh Steeler MVP for 1983 season along with Steelers retiring his #1 jersey.

Gary Anderson had  himself a pretty good career in the NFL as a kicker for being a 7th round, 171st pick in the 1982 NFL draft. These stats and achievements listed above are only some of his accomplishments as a kicker in the NFL. While Anderson played with 5 NFL teams during his 23 years in the NFL, he made his biggest impacts with the Pittsburgh Steelers (kicking from 1982-1994) and the Minnesota Vikings (1998-2002).

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Gary Anderson taking a kick when he played for the Steelers

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I recently did a post on the very accurate retired kicker from the New York Giants named Jeff Feagles. I wrote about Feagles because he had an excellent career in the NFL and felt as if he should be recognized as a retired athlete on ‘After the Final Buzzer.’ Based on Gary Anderson and his accomplishments I’d say he deserves the same credibility and is well deserving of this post.

So, what is Anderson doing today? Pretty similar to Feagles actually, living a happy, quite retirement while enjoying time with his family and community. After officially retiring in 2004, he and his wife Kay moved them and their two sons, Austin and Douglas to the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Also similar to Feagles, Anderson’s oldest son – Austin is following his fathers footsteps and began his University career the Fall of 2008 as a Freshman at the McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and remained the starting placekicker for the McGill Redmen Football Team until his graduation in April 2012. Aside from focusing on his sons young career, Gary and his wife are active in their community by hosting an annual charity golf tournament in Canmore, Alberta with the mission: To make a positive difference in the lives of Bow Valley School Athletes, primarily through providing financial support, to assist them to become Leaders, Valuing Teamwork, and Achieving Athletic and Academic Excellence. 2009 marked their 8th Annual Gary Anderson Golf Tournament FORE Kids.

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Gary Anderson with his wife Kay, in the Canadian Rookie Mountains

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When Gary isn’t busy giving back to his community, running his families golfing charity event he spends his time with his newest favorite hobby, fly-fishing. He is also a spokesman for the fly fishing industry and named his company, “Perfect Season” primarily because he believes it is always a “perfect season” somewhere in the world to be fly fishing.

So there you have it ladies and gentleman, another elite NFL kicker who has had a positive and active retirement. Spends time with family, runs a family charity to benefit others in the community, and a typical retired man spending other free time fishing. Anderson, like Feagles may not be the most popular name in the NFL or in the retired world today but both men were elite kickers and having very relaxing and influential retirements. May we all here at ‘After the Final Buzzer’ wish Gary Anderson and his family a wonderful rest of retirement and let your fishing line fly through the wind as the pig skin would fly through the uprights as it did so many times over your career.

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Left: Gary Anderson fly fishing with his youngest son, Doug

Right: Gary doing his favorite thing since the NFL, fly-fishing

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