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1/5/2010 8:23:00 PM
Damien Anderson to be inducted into NU Hall of Fame Jan. 22
Jerry Burnes
Staff writer

On Friday, Jan. 22 Damien Anderson will join 140 fellow Northwestern alumni in the Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame.

"I'm humbled and honored," he said. "I was pretty speechless."

Anderson, a '96 Wilmington High School graduate, holds NU Wildcat career records with 4,485 yards, 38 rushing touchdowns, and 5,621 all-purpose yards.

"I wasn't a guy who paid attention to my stats," he added. "This is about all those guys who assisted, from the offensive line blocking to the receivers catching balls."

In 2000 at Northwestern he became just the fourth Big Ten running back to rush for 2,000 yards and finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting, while also being name a Doak Walker Award (nation's top running back) finalist.

An All-American that season, he led the Wildcats to a share of the Big Ten crown.

He still holds records for rushing yards in a season (2,063), yards per game (171.9), all-purpose yards (2,195), rushing touchdowns (23), and points (138).

"I'm proud of everything," Anderson said. "To show I went there and got my degree, to the relationships, winning a Big Ten championship.

"My name is synonymous with the Northwestern Hall of Fame, but their name is part of that too."



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Before going to Northwestern he blazed a trail through the Wilmington Wildcat record book in 1995 and 1996.

He is currently second in total touchdowns with 46 and total yards with 2,899. Both were broken by Tony Vercelli.

Anderson owns single season records for rushing touchdowns (37) and rushing yards (2,002). Anderson's NU career was even cut short in 2001 when he opted for surgery on a dislocated shoulder.

Following his collegiate career he played in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals and the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos before retiring in 2008.

"My hat goes off to my wife, Elizabeth," Anderson said. "She sacrificed a lot of time and effort to let me live my dream and I love her for it."

Anderson, the son of Boysen and Scheree Anderson of Wilmington, will be on hand on Jan. 22 to be inducted.

He said he couldn't have accomplished all that he has without his family, along with his little sister Scheree.

"My parents were always supportive and honest and were the best possible role models," Anderson added. "My little sister Scheree, she's been amazingly supportive and has always been my No. 1 supporter.

"Everyone's played a part. It's not just about me, it's about all of them."

The induction ceremony and dinner take place at 6 p.m. at the Allen Center on Northwestern's Evanston campus. He will be joined by PGA Tour star Luke Donald, who is also being inducted.



Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014
Article comment by: DS

I am very proud of your Damien and all of your accomplishments. Congratulations in advance of Jan 22nd!
Best always,
Debbie


Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Article comment by: T. A.

TO MY YOUNGEST BROTHER!! IM VERY PROUD OF YOU! YOU DEFINITELY HAVE LIVED YOUR DREAMS TO THE FULLEST AND ALOT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED OVER THE YEARS REGARDLESS OF OBSTACLES YOU MAY HAVE HAD! KEEP GOD FIRST, STAY PRAYFUL AND ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FAMILY FIRST!!!



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