Jamal Anderson
Anderson in August 2007
No. 32     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-09-30) September 30, 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth: Newark, New Jersey
Career information
College: Utah
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 7 / Pick: 201
Debuted in 1994 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 2001 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Rushing yards     5,336
Average     4.0
Touchdowns     41
Stats at

Jamal Sharif Anderson (born September 30, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey) is a former American football running back of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played high school football at El Camino Real High School, where he was named to the CIF Los Angeles City Section 4-A All-City first team in 1989.[1] He went on to play college football at Moorpark College for the Moorpark College Raiders before playing at Utah.

Anderson earned a Pro Bowl selection in 1998, leading the NFC in rushing and helping the Falcons to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII. He suffered a career-ending knee injury in 2001 while finishing his eight-year career with 41 touchdowns and nearly 7,000 yards of offense.

Professional careerEdit

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Anderson played eight seasons with the Falcons, amassing 5,336 rushing yards, 156 receptions for 1,645 yards, and 41 touchdowns before he suffered what became a career-ending tear of his ACL in 2001.

He was well known for his "Dirty Bird" touchdown celebration, in which he flapped his arms as if they were wings and gyrated in the crowd's direction. The dance has been widely copied; in a press conference Anderson stated: “people break out and do the Dirty Bird in the strangest places.”[2]

Sports broadcasting careerEdit

He appeared as an analyst on ESPN/ABC, often promoting his alma mater the University of Utah, and the Mountain West Conference. He is a big proponent of the non-BCS schools gaining more access to the same opportunities as BCS schools.

From mid-August to late-October 2009, Jamal appeared as a regular phone-in guest on "Morency" on Hardcore Sports Radio (HSR) to recap/discuss the week that was and the week that was coming up in the NFL with Gabriel Morency and Cam Stewart. After two-week period from late-October to early-November, 2009, where HSR dropped "Morency" (the person and the show) from their programming line-up, Jamal returned as a regular weekly guest again on HSR's replacement show "Red Heat" hosted by Cam Stewart.

In October 2010, Jamal began appearing as an analyst for the CNN NEWSROOM, providing insight on current NFL issues as well as news and highlights from the major sports leagues.

Personal lifeEdit

Anderson was arrested in February 2009 on suspicion of cocaine possession. Atlanta police said that Anderson and another man were snorting cocaine off the toilet bowl in the restroom of the Peachtree Tavern nightclub.[3]

Anderson was arrested for DUI on June 24, 2012. He was arrested in DeKalb county, just northeast of Atlanta.[4]


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