Written By: Philip Casteel - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Born on May 16, 1943 in Borger, Texas Donny "The Golden Palomino" Anderson was a three-time all-Southwest Conference and two-time All-American halfback during his career at Texas Tech. Highlights during his senior year include a kickoff return for 100 yards against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 10 pass receptions against Arkansas, and 17 touchdowns on the season. Anderson racked up a record 5,111 all purpose yards at Tech, he finished fourth in the 1965 Heisman Trophy race.
In 1965 Anderson was drafted in the first round, Seventh overall pick to the Green Bay Packers. Anderson did very little his rookie year. In his second year Anderson was third on the team in rushing yards and receptions. He also had a touchdown in Super Bowl II as Packers repeated as Champions. Anderson Punted 65 times with only one blocked in his career that year. In 1968 Anderson had his only Pro Bowl year. He punted 59 times and had all purpose yards that totaled 1,095 yards. In 1970 Anderson ran for his career best 853 yards caught 36 balls and punted career high 81 times. In 1972 he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals where some say was one of his best years with 10 touchdowns caught 41 balls for 3 more touchdowns, before retiring in 1974. For years Anderson was the main running back and still held an average 39.6 yards a punt.
In August 5, 2008 Anderson was on the cover of a special issue of Sports Illustrated that focused on Texas football. Anderson has proven a true athlete and still competes. He captured the Super Senior Division of the 2010 Stat amateur Championship. He shot 4 over par, 76 over the final 18 holes that included a key birdie on the 17th which is a 535 yard par 5.
Anderson is a member of The Packers Hall of Fame, College Hall of Fame, and Texas Tech Hall of Fame.
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