Kevin Anderson, Tufts University

In many ways, Kevin Anderson redefined the fullback position as a member of the Tufts University football team. He became the first fullback to earn All-NESCAC honors – recognition typically given to tailbacks – and did so three times.

“Kevin’s ability at the position set the tone for our entire offense,” said running back Will Forde. “He brought a physical and ferocious confidence to the running game and was athletic enough to play a huge role in our passing game as well.”

Among his many strong characteristics, Anderson’s knowledge of the game is what stood out. He was like another coach on the field in the offensive backfield.

“Traditionally, the quarterback is supposed to know the offense better than anyone else on the team,” said Matt Russo, the team’s starting quarterback in 2006 and 2007. “But I can honestly say that was not the case when I played with Kevin. When people think of a fullback, they think of somebody who just smashes linebackers all game. Well, Kevin not only did that better than anyone I’ve ever played with, but he helped me run the offense from behind the scenes.”

Anderson missed a full season early in his career due to mononucleosis, but returned for a fifth season. His instincts, intelligence and ability earned him an invitation to work out for National Football League teams at Boston College’s NFL Pro Day showcase, a rare opportunity for NESCAC players.

“I can't say enough about what Kevin meant not only to the offense, but to the team as a whole,” Forde said. “I might have been the happiest person when he decided to come back because as a running back and a teammate there is nobody I trust more than him. For as much as he has accomplished on the field, he is as great of a person off the field.”