Each month, I will showcase a current Denver Broncos player and inform you of their lives and accomplishments before coming to Denver. In doing so, I hope to shine a light on each players own unique journey on the road to Mile High. This month’s featured player is wide receiver David Anderson.
David Kent Anderson was born on July 28, 1983 in Westlake Village, California. He played his high-school football at Thousand Oaks High School, where he was a star wide receiver and honor student. In his senior year, Anderson racked up 1,130 yards on 83 receptions and scored nine touchdowns. He won numerous awards during his time with the Lancers, including earning All-Conference honors three years and All-State honors two years. He also won the league MVP and the team MVP two years and he holds all major receiving records at the school, including receiving yards and passes caught in a season and career.
Anderson was recruited out of high school by several PAC-10 and Mountain West Conference colleges and he decided to attend Colorado State University. During his freshman year in 2002, he played in all 14 games for the Rams, making eight receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown. He was also named to the MWC All-Academic team with a 3.14 grade point average. As a sophomore, he was named to the Fred Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list. He also earned All-Conference honors after leading the MWC with 1,293 receiving yards, with an average of 99.5 yards per game. He set a CSU record with six 100-yard games on the year while also earning the school’s most receiving yards and receptions with 72 in a single season. As a junior in 2004, Anderson was named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award and was named to the All-MWC Second Team after making 57 receptions for 940 yards and two touchdowns. In his final year, Anderson brought in 86 receptions for 1,221 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. In total, Anderson started in 43 of 47 games played, making 223 receptions for 3,634 yards and 20 touchdowns. He left Colorado State as the program’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and 100-yard receiving games.
In the 2006 NFL Draft, David Anderson was selected in the seventh round (251st pick overall) by the Houston Texans. In his first year, Anderson played in nine games, making one reception for 27 yards against the New England Patriots. He also played on special teams, returning three kickoffs for 90 yards. Anderson played in eight games for the Texans in 2007, bringing in 12 receptions for 131 yards. He also earned his first NFL career touchdown in a game against the Tennessee Titans, the only touchdown for him of the season. Anderson played in all 16 games of the season in 2008, making 19 receptions for 241 yards and two touchdowns in back-to-back weeks against the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings. He continued to see more playing time in 2009, once again playing in all 16 games, including starting in eight games, and racking up a career high 38 receptions for 370 yards. Last year, Anderson played in 12 games, starting one, and made 11 receptions for 117 yards.
David Anderson was released by the Houston Texans on July 30, 2011, but was quickly picked up by the Denver Broncos the same day. He returns to the state where he played his college football and will look to become a key part of the wide receiver rotation for the Broncos in 2011.
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