Former New York Jet takes a chance on the PGA Tour

South Floridan, former New York Jet goes from the Gridiron to the Greens

It’s hard to find two sports that are more polar opposites than golf and soccer, Stevie Anderson argues that there are some similarities between the two sports. Anderson, who spent five years completing stunt sacks in the National Football League (NFL), is connecting the dots between sports by making serious strides in his pursuit of a PGA touring career.

Anderson is one of three brothers from Jonesboro, Louisiana, a small bucolic town, who surprisingly all played in the NFL. You are now, everywhere, on the links, where you travel across the country playing PGA qualifier tournaments.

While it’s obvious from the power of his swing that Anderson has the physical assets to play on the road, it’s still a gigantic challenge ahead of him. Anderson has spent his entire life overcoming obstacles. He defied all odds when the Arizona Cardinals drafted him in the eighth round of the NFL in 1993, after playing at Grambling State, an obscure college with an enrollment of just 5,000 students.

Anderson was a very special player at Grambling State, a historic black college where he had the luxury of playing for legendary American football coach Eddie Robinson, the second most victorious coach in the history of first division college football. However, playing for Robinson had its drawbacks.

Robinson maintained a strict rule, in which all veterans on the team, whether it was a superstar or a bench warmer, had a chance to play. In Anderson’s case, this resulted in halftime. Robinson applied this measure to give seniors the opportunity to be seen by the scouts.

While this unconventional coaching philosophy was noble for Robinson, it severely impaired Anderson’s ability to hit the high numbers as a wide receiver often required of players on teams not on the radar of NFL scouts.

Anderson’s final year was by far his most successful. He made the most of each of his 36 receptions, turning them into a staggering 12 touchdowns. For math geeks, this translates to one touchdown for every three receptions.

These numbers were good enough that Anderson was invited to play in the Hawaiian Hula Bowl, the all-star game of college football, a rarity for players from small shows like Grambling State, despite his heritage to produce alumni of the NFL, whose roster includes Doug Williams, the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl in league history.

Anderson, the 6-6, 215-pound wide receiver gifted with dazzling speed, size and length, was rewarded appreciably for his stellar college career when he was drafted in the eighth round by the Arizona Cardinals in 1993. Anderson went on to play for five years in the NFL with both the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Jets.

In his fifth NFL season while competing against the Seattle Seahawks, he suffered a career-ending injury after executing a routine passing pattern. Anderson’s defender tripped him and then he landed awkwardly on his knee, tearing his Posterior Crucial Ligament (PCL). After her football career ended, Anderson successfully transitioned to a modeling career and her life seemed to be on track.

Now the sport of golf is his calling. If history repeats itself for the returning boy Anderson, you’ll see him race on the same green grass as Tiger Woods one day in the not-too-distant future after an illustrious race on the grid.

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