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Willie Anderson Retires

Baltimore Ravens veteran offensive tackle Willie Anderson, who had been battling injuries, was placed on the reserve/retired list, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced today.
Anderson, 33, is a four-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle who signed with the Ravens prior to last season after being cut by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Anderson didn’t participate in the Ravens’ recent full-team mandatory minicamp, and coach John Harbaugh cited knee problems as the reason for his inactivity.
Anderson had contemplated retirement during the offseason as the Ravens pursued free agent offensive tackle Orlando Pace, who wound up signing with the Chicago Bears. 
Ultimately, the Ravens traded up in the first round to land Ole Miss consensus All-American offensive tackle Michael Oher. Oher lined up with the first-team offense at right tackle during minicamp.

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9 Responses to “Willie Anderson Retires”
  1. Darth Ringo says: May 13, 2009 5:42 PM

    As he rides off into the sunset, I can only think, “Oh that poor horse.”
    Naw, Willie Anderson was a fixture in the AFC North for so long.. adios amigo.

  2. Heinekenfun says: May 13, 2009 5:46 PM

    It’s a good thing the Ravens were able to snag Michael Oher in the first round. Otherwise, Ozzie would be on the phone to the Agent of Johnny Scabs.

  3. BaltimoreSports says: May 13, 2009 6:01 PM

    He did a great job last season, but the writing was on the wall when we traded up for Oher…

  4. HoosierTransplantIsSirius says: May 13, 2009 6:13 PM

    I would have loved to see Big Willie stay a Bengal, but it didn’t work out.
    He was a quality football player and a quality guy! I hope he still retires as
    a Bengal. #71 was the best Left Tackle on this squad and many others for years.
    Enjoy the extra free time Willie. You deserve it.

  5. WhoDeyThinkGonnaBeatDemBengals says: May 13, 2009 6:19 PM

    Willie was a class act from start to finish.

  6. ppdoc says: May 13, 2009 7:14 PM

    Class guy for the one year he was hear. Really helped the young guys on the line and brought stability to a position for us that was a revolving door. Was past his prime, but was well worth the money just in the influence he had on Gaither and the other young guys.
    Borderline HOF. Overall good guy to have on your team. Good for us, but a shame for the Cincy fans that he didn’t retire in their colors. Then again, in his one year here, he at least got to the AFC championship which is much better than he ever did in Ohio.

  7. zym09 says: May 13, 2009 9:08 PM

    I figured the Bengals would sign him to a one day contract and let him retire a Bengal, but I’m sure that there are costs for filing a contract so the Bengals won’t. Even if it’s $25.
    On the plus side, as a long suffering Bengal’s fan, I’m happy for Willie. Ho was the lone bright spot on many dismal teams.

  8. Bengalsfannbaltimore says: May 13, 2009 10:20 PM

    Thank you for the great years that you gave to the Bengals. You are exactly what all NFL players should look at as a role model.

  9. JohnStofa says: May 14, 2009 10:00 AM

    -raises a drink to Willie-
    All the best to you.

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