Tennessee athletics announced on Tuesday evening that former Volunteer player and broadcaster Bill Anderson passed away at age 80.
“It is indeed a sad day for the University of Tennessee and the Vol Network with the passing of Bill Anderson,” UTAD Director of Broadcasting Bob Kesling said. “For three decades, Bill and John Ward painted the picture on the radio for many of the greatest moments in Tennessee football history. Bill’s great knowledge and understanding of the game and his passion for Tennessee football added so much to each broadcast.
Anderson was a captain on Tennessee’s 1957 football team, and he later went on to play in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers. Anderson was a part of the first ever Super Bowl, which the Packers won by defeated Kansas City 35-10.
According to Tennessee athletics, Anderson had 178 catches for 3,048 yards and 15 touchdowns during his NFL career.
After his playing days, Anderson became a broadcaster with the Vols radio network. Anderson worked there for 30 years, and was able to call it a career after calling Tennessee’s BCS national championship victory over Florida State in January of 1999.
Anderson is a member of both the Tennessee and the Knoxville Halls of Fame.