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Nittany Lion season-opener set for Aug. 31 at MetLife Stadium
Anderson was selected first-team all-area and second-team all-met as a senior at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. He earned four varsity letters and was a two-year football team captain. Playing for Coach Ben Wright, Anderson produced more than 1,700 yards of offense and 15 touchdowns as a junior, helping the Patriots to the Class 3A state championship game. A running back, he was selected first-team all-area and honorable-mention all-state as a junior. After his senior season, Anderson was invited to play in the Big 33 Classic, the Chesapeake Bowl and the Maryland Crab Bowl. He also played basketball and was a member of the track and field team. Anderson was a four-year honor roll student.
Full name is Richard D. Anderson II. He is the son of former Nittany Lion great and NFL running back Richie Anderson and Kathy Alfaro, and has one younger brother, Reggie. Richie Anderson is the running backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He ranks 18th on the Penn State career rushing list with 1,756 yards and scored 29 touchdowns. He was selected by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 1993 NFL Draft and played with the Jets from 1993-2002 and with the Dallas Cowboys in 2003-04. He caught 400 passes for 3,149 yards and ran for 1,274 yards during his 12-year NFL career. Richy Anderson enjoys reading and fishing. He plans on majoring in crime, law and justice and is interested in a career in the FBI or as a parole officer. Born January 1, 1995 in Olney, Md.