Rory Anderson
A picture of Anderson
Anderson with the San Francisco 49ers in 2015
Free agent
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1992-10-02) October 2, 1992 (age 28)
Marietta, Georgia
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:McEachern
(Powder Springs, Georgia)
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 7 / Pick: 254
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2015)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Rory C. "Busta" Anderson II (born October 2, 1992) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft.[1][2] He played college football at South Carolina.[3] He has also been a member of the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills, and Birmingham Iron.

High school

Played both football and basketball in high school at Powder Springs (GA) McEachern. As a junior, he helped the basketball team to the state AAAAA quarterfinals. As a senior, he was captain of the basketball team on the court, and caught 38 passes with 6 touchdowns on the football field.

Football recruiting websites labeled Rory as a high-end valuable 3 star recruit. Rory held over a dozen offers from colleges and ultimately chose South Carolina over schools such as Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Louisville, Mississippi State, USF, NC State, Cincinnati, and many others.


Anderson played college football at South Carolina from 2011 through the 2014 season. Although sidelined by injuries during his college career, he finished with 954 yards on 61 catches (15.6 average) and 9 touchdown catches.[4]

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

Anderson was drafted with the 37th pick in the 7th round (254th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL).[5] The 49ers also drafted his college teammate Mike Davis in the 4th round.[6] Along with Davis, the 49ers also signed college teammate quarterback Dylan Thompson as an undrafted rookie and wide receiver Bruce Ellington was drafted in the 4th round in the 2014 NFL Draft.[7][8] All 4 of these players played together in the 2012-2013 season.[7] On May 11, 2015, Anderson signed his rookie contract.[9] Anderson caught his first touchdown in a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on September 3, 2015.[10] On August 28, 2016, the 49ers released Anderson along with offensive lineman Erik Pears.[11]

Chicago Bears

On September 27, 2016, the Chicago Bears signed Anderson to the practice squad.[12] He was placed on the practice squad/injured list on October 10, 2016.[13]

Buffalo Bills

On August 20, 2017, Anderson was signed by the Buffalo Bills.[14] He was waived on September 2, 2017.[15]

Birmingham Iron

In 2019, Anderson joined the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football.[16] He was placed on injured reserve on March 4, 2019, and waived from injured reserve on April 1, 2019.

Personal life

Anderson has stated that the reason the nickname "Busta" became so prevalent in his life is because his mom, Rhonda Anderson called him "Buster" at a very young age.[7]


  1. 49ers 7th-round pick (b): South Carolina’s Rory ‘Busta’ Anderson joins crowded TE corps
  2. San Francisco 49ers Draft South Carolina TE Busta Anderson
  3. Anderson ‘ready to go’ regardless of which team calls for his services
  4. "Rory Anderson College Stats".
  5. Maiocco, Matt (May 2, 2015). "49ers grab TE Rory 'Busta' Anderson with last pick". CSN Bay Area. Archived from the original on April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  6. Fucillo, David (May 2, 2015). "49ers select running back Mike Davis".
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Price, Taylor (May 7, 2015). "5 Things to Know about 49ers TE Busta Anderson".
  8. Fucillo, David (May 10, 2014). "49ers draft wide receiver Bruce Ellington".
  9. "San Francisco 49ers Sign Nine Draft Picks". May 11, 2015.
  10. "Busta Anderson High-points Ball for 16-yard TD". September 3, 2015.
  11. "49ers Announce Two More Roster Moves". August 28, 2016.
  12. Mayer, Larry (September 27, 2016). "Bears ink Joique Bell, put Fuller on IR".
  13. Mayer, Larry (October 10, 2016). "Bears elevate Bausby, waive Hurst".
  14. Brown, Chris (August 20, 2017). "Bills sign TE Anderson, S McDonald".
  15. Brown, Chris (September 2, 2017). "Bills move 30 off the roster to reach 53".
  16. "Four Former Gamecocks Make AAF Rosters". South Carolina Gamecocks. January 31, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2019.

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