Player Bio

James Anderson
OLB #50
Height:
6-2
Weight:
235
College:
Virginia Tech
Experience:
8
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 123 577 419 158 12 0 22 3 0 6 -- 5
2015 NO 6 16 11 5 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2014 ATL 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 TEN 7 5 4 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 CHI 16 102 85 17 4 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2012 CAR 12 73 39 34 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2011 CAR 16 145 98 47 1.5 -- 9 2 0 5 2.5 5
2010 CAR 16 130 101 29 3.5 -- 5 1 0 1 1 1
2009 CAR 16 65 46 19 1 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2008 CAR 8 3 3 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 CAR 10 17 14 3 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006 CAR 16 21 18 3 2 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

PRO CAREER: Has started 53-of-94 contests played in seven seasons with the Carolina Panthers (2006-12), recording 432 tackles, 8 sacks, 3 interceptions, 20 pass break ups, 5 forced fumbles and 7 fumble recoveries… Started 44 games at SLB, 8 at WLB and 1 at MLB… Added 23 special teams stops… 94 games played are the most by a linebacker in Carolina franchise history… Set a Panthers single-game record (after coaches film review) with 20 tackles on September 20, 2012 vs. the New York Giants… Tied a team record (based on press box stats) with 17 tackles on December 11, 2011, vs. Atlanta (record established by Jon Beason; 11/29/09 at NYJ)… Has appeared in 1 postseason contest.
PRO CAREER: Has started 53-of-94 contests played in seven seasons with the Carolina Panthers (2006-12), recording 432 tackles, 8 sacks, 3 interceptions, 20 pass break ups, 5 forced fumbles and 7 fumble recoveries… Started 44 games at SLB, 8 at WLB and 1 at MLB… Added 23 special teams stops… 94 games played are the most by a linebacker in Carolina franchise history… Set a Panthers single-game record (after coaches film review) with 20 tackles on September 20, 2012 vs. the New York Giants… Tied a team record (based on press box stats) with 17 tackles on December 11, 2011, vs. Atlanta (record established by Jon Beason; 11/29/09 at NYJ)… Has appeared in 1 postseason contest.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Entered NFL as a third-round selection (88th overall) by Carolina Panthers in the 2006 NFL Draft… Signed 3-year contract with Carolina (7/12/06)… Signed 1-year contract with Panthers (4/20/09)… Signed 1-year contract with Carolina (4/20/10)… Signed with Panthers (7/29/11)… Released by Carolina (3/12/13)… Signed 1-year contract with Chicago (3/24/13).

SIGNED through 2013 2012 SEASON: Started all 12 games played for the Panthers, collecting 72 tackles and two pass break ups… Made all 12 starts at SLB… Missed final 4 games of the season due to a back injury… Added 1 special teams tackle. GAMES PLAYED STARTED: 12-12 PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Established then franchise record with 145 tackles (according to press box stats; since broken by Luke Kuechly in 2012) after starting all 16 games for Carolina… Added 1.5 sacks, 2 INTs, 9 PBUs and 3 FRs… Started first 2 contests of the season at WLB before moving to SLB for last 14 games… Led the Panthers in tackles in 10 games. 2010 - Led Panthers with 126 tackles (according to press box stats), adding career-high 3.5 sacks, 1 INT, 5 PBUs, 2 FFs and 3 FRs… Added 4 special teams tackles… Appeared in all 16 contests with 15 starts at SLB… Did not start vs. ATL (12/12). 2009 - Appeared in all 16 contests for Carolina, with 7 starts… Gathered 58 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PBU, 1 FF and first career fumble recovery… Added career-high 7 special teams tackles… Started Game 3 at DAL (9/28) at SLB and last 6 games of the season at WLB. 2008 - Appeared in 8 contests for Panthers recording 2 defensive tackles and 1 special teams stop…Made first NFL postseason appearance vs. ARZ (1/10/09). 2007 - Recorded 12 tackles while appearing in 10 games with 1 start for Carolina… Added 6 special teams stops… Started at MLB vs. TB (9/30). 2006 - Appeared in all 16 contests with 2 starts during rookie season for Carolina, compiling 17 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 PBUs and 2 FFs… Added 4 special teams tackles… Made first career start at CIN (10/22) at SLB… Also started season finale at NO (12/31) at SLB… Made NFL debut vs. ATL (9/10/06).

COLLEGE: Started 28-of-53 games played in four seasons at Virgina Tech… Totaled 218 tackles, 7 sacks, 3 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles and 5 passes defensed… First player in Virginia Tech history to earn the Excalibur Award five times, given for the top performer in the strength and conditioning program… Majored in studio art.


PERSONAL: Attended Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Va… Established the James Anderson Foundation, dedicated to making donations to nonprofit organizations focused on academic and arts education, breaking the cycle of poverty, health and wellness and advancing medicine through cutting-edge research.

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