Anderson in November 2008
Walter John Anderson
September 29, 1952
|Education||UTHealth School of Dentistry|
(Doctorate of Dentistry, 1978)
Sam Houston State University
(Bachelor's degree, 1974)
|Occupation||NFL official (1996–present)|
Coordinator of Football Officials, Big 12 (2006–present)
|Children||5 (1 with wife)|
Walter John Anderson (born September 29, 1952) is a former American football official in the National Football League (NFL) from the 1996 NFL season to the 2019 NFL season. He wore uniform number 66. Anderson spent his first seven seasons in the NFL as a line judge before being promoted to referee for the start of the 2003 NFL season after Dick Hantak and Bob McElwee announced their retirements. He is notable for officiating Super Bowl XXXV. Anderson was also named as referee for Super Bowl XLV which was played on February 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas, at Cowboys Stadium.
Born in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, Anderson was raised in Channelview, Texas where his father was a high school football head coach. He played quarterback for his father at Channelview. Later, he played football for Sam Houston State University, where he was a two-time Academic All-American and lettered four years. He graduated from Sam Houston State in 1974.
After completing his undergraduate studies at Sam Houston State University and received a Doctorate of Dentistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry, he became a dentist. He retired from dentistry in 2003 when he was promoted to referee in the NFL.
Wanting to stay active in football following college, Anderson decided to pursue a career in officiating. He began officiating junior high and little leagues, high school, then eventually college. In 11 years of college experience, he worked games in the Lone Star (Division II), Southland (Division I-FCS), and Southwest Conferences (Division I). At the college level, Anderson was scouted by ex-NFL officials who were looking to fill openings at the professional football level.
National Football LeagueEdit
Anderson joined the NFL in 1996 and, as of 2015, he has officiated in 17 playoff games, including eight Wild Card, two Divisional, five Conference Championship games, and two Super Bowls: Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 (as line judge) and Super Bowl XLV in 2011 (as referee). He was the referee in the January 18, 2015 AFC Championship game, known for the deflategate controversy. Anderson cites Super Bowl XXXV as being his most memorable game.
Anderson's 2019 NFL officiating crew consisted of umpire Ruben Fowler, down judge Tom Stephan, line judge Byron Boston, field judge Lee Dyer, side judge Rick Patterson, back judge Keith Ferguson, replay official Brian Matoren, and replay assistant Saleem Choudhry.
Anderson's final NFL game as referee was a 2019 NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. After that game, he retired from officiating and was promoted to the NFL front office as a senior vice president.
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- "Walt Anderson Named Big 12 Conference Coordinator Of Football Officials". Big 12 Conference and CSTV. April 26, 2006. Archived from the original on June 26, 2006. Retrieved July 21, 2006.
- Davis, Brian (November 17, 2006). "Big 12 officials get plenty of looks". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 4, 2007.
- http://www.shsu.edu/~pin_www/[email protected]/sliders/2011/waltanderson.html
- "Super Bowl officiating crew includes Anderson as referee". nfl.com. July 26, 2012 . Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- Filipe, Cameron (June 12, 2019). "Officiating crews for the 2019 season". Football Zebras. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
- Walt Anderson promoted to NFL front office, leaves field after 24 seasons