Jan. 10, 2012
Former University of Montana All-American defensive back Colt Anderson was recently named the Special Teams MVP by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was voted special teams MVP by his coaches and teammates.
Despite only playing in 12 games this past season, Anderson's impact on the Eagles' special teams was unmistakable. He was a major force in coverage, and his teammates' affinity for his style of play is well documented - remember he was named a team captain for last year's playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.
"It's pretty cool to get such an honor when your coaches and teammates vote on it," Anderson said via a phone interview from his home in Philadelphia Tuesday (Jan. 10) evening. "Any time you get recognized by the guys you work with side-by-side it's a big deal."
Anderson was placed on the Injured Reserve list on Dec. 5, 2001, after suffering a torn ACL at Seattle on Dec, 1. In his second year with the team, Anderson continued to put his special teams dominance on display with 12 tackles on special teams.
"I am trying to be smart in my rehab; just let the healing happen; and not push too hard," Anderson said. "I am going to stay here in Philly and keep working at it, and get back into the best shape that I possibly can. Injuries are part of the game."
The 5-10, 194-pound Anderson, from Butte, Mont., was the Grizzlies' MVP in 2008. He was named an All-Amerian in 2007 and 2088, and also tabbed UM's Golden Helmet Award (the team's hardest hitter) following those two seasons as well. Anderson finished his career ranked fifth in school history with 313 career tackles.
Anderson finished the season with 168 special teams production points in 12 games, though kicker Alex Henery edged him out to close the season with 169 (Henery trailed Anderson 168-98 when Anderson suffered his season-ending knee injury).
When looking to measure Anderson's impact on special teams, look no further than this: the Eagles ranked fourth in the league in kickoff coverage after 12 games with Anderson but finished the season ranked 14th after four games without their special teams star.
The Eagles named running back LeSean McCoy their MVP on offense. The All-Pro running back set franchise records in total touchdowns (20) and rushing touchdowns (17) while finishing fourth in the league in rushing with 1,309 yards. The team's defensive MVP was end Jason Babin. Babin led the Eagles with 18.0 sacks, a mark that ranked third in the league.
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