Kelvin Anderson - Running Back - 1996-2003 - Southeast Missouri State
The Bobble head is a relatively new entry into the sports memorabilia business. Sports fans have an affinity to these toy-like statues and the Canadian Football League has not been immune to this new way to promote the team and players. So who was the first Calgary Stampeder to have his likeness created as a Bobble head? The answer is the remarkably consistent and often underappreciated running back Kelvin Anderson. Anderson who was the model of consistency and excellence had his likeness remade as a Bobble head by the franchise for the first 10,000 fans at a 2002 Stampeder home game.
Kelvin Anderson grew up in South Bend, Indiana – He starred in college at Southeast Missouri State. In 1996 Kelvin joined the Calgary Stampeders, a franchise in transition from the Doug Flutie era to a younger team led by quarterback Jeff Garcia. Anderson was an instant star rushing for over 1,000 yards his rookie season and capturing the leagues top rookie award. By 1998 Anderson had established himself as the top running back in the CFL West. In 1998 he was named the Most Outstanding Player in the West division with 1,325 yards rushing for 9 touchdowns and 605 yards receiving for 7 touchdowns. The Stampeders led by Garcia would capture the 1998 Grey Cup on a last second Mark McLoughlin field goal.
Calgary would again advance to the Grey Cup in 1999 this time under Dave Dickenson – Kelvin was again his reliable self with 1,306 yards rushing and was named a CFL all-star one of 3 times in his career he would garner the honour (1998 & 2001 being the others) Calgary would lose the 1999 Grey Cup to Hamilton but with Anderson they were perennial threats for a championship.
In addition to playing in the CFL in 2001 Kelvin also played in the only season of
the XFL with the San Francisco Demons who employed a number of CFL players including receivers Travis Moore and Jimmy Cunningham. Anderson, predictably led the team in rushing with 228 yards. For his CFL statistics in 2001, Kelvin had his best season statistically with 1,383 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns. He also added 48 receptions for 433 yards and 9 touchdowns. Anderson would cap his eventful 2001 by capturing a surprise Grey Cup championship over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The 8-10 Stampeders had snuck into the playoffs got hot at the right time and upset their way to a championship.
Anderson would spend 1 more season with Calgary in 2002 and he totalled his customary 1,000 yards rushing with 1,074. Over his career Anderson set a CFL record with 8 consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons - 1 for every season he spent in the CFL.
Head coach and General Manager Wally Buono was unceremoniously released from his duties by Calgary after the 2002 season and was quickly snapped up by the B.C.Lions. When he saw that his old running back was given similar treatment by Calgary management at the time he quickly gave Anderson a call.
2003 was Kelvin Anderson’s final season in professional football and in his only season with B.C. he had 1,048 yards rushing.
It was a fittingly consistent end to a great career for one of the top running backs in CFL history. Kelvin Anderson stood out as a great player on a number of strong teams. He will always be remembered as a Calgary Stampeder and is a true star in a long line of great players in the franchise's history.
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