Decade-by-Decade: The 1980s and Flipper's Record

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The football Anderson caught when he set the NFL record for yards in a game is on display at the Hall of Fame.

Anderson "Flips" his way into the record books

Coming into twelfth week of the 1989 season, second-year wide receiver Willie "Flipper" Anderson's greatest performance had been a 112-yard output eight weeks earlier. That was all about to change in a big way as Anderson recorded one of the greatest offensive displays in NFL history during the Los Angeles Rams' overtime win against the New Orleans Saints.

With their leading receiver Henry Ellard on the sidelines, the Rams were relying on Anderson to have a heavier presence on offense. He responded by shattering the NFL record for receiving yards in a game. During the afternoon, he caught 15 passes for 336 yards and one touchdown.

Not surprisingly, it was Anderson who put the exclamation point on his amazing afternoon when he hauled in quarterback Jim Everett's pass for a 26-yard gain in overtime. His catch set up the game-winning field goal by kicker Mike Lansford at 6:38 of the sudden death period to give the Rams a 20-17 victory.

 

 

"FLIPPER" ANDERSON FILE

Willie Lee Anderson, Jr.
Wide Receiver - 6'0", 175
Born March 7, 1965 at Paulsboro, NJ
College: UCLA
Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2nd round of the 1988 NFL draft.

1988-1994 Los Angeles Rams; 1995 Indianapolis Colts; 1996 Washington Redskins; 1997 Denver Broncos

Career Statistics
Games: 114
Receiving: 267 receptions for 5357 yards, 20.1 average, 28 TDs
Rushing: 3 carries for 23 yards
Kickoff Returns: 1 return for 9 yards

 

NFL RECEIVERS WITH 300 YARDS RECEIVING IN A GAME
336 Willie "Flipper" Anderson, Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints, 11/26/89
329 Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys, 10/27/13
309 Stephone Paige, Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers, 12/22/85
303 Jim Benton, Cleveland Rams vs. Detroit Lions, 11/22/45
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Cloyce Box, Detroit Lions vs. Baltimore Colts, 12/3/50