Former NFL running back Otis Anderson Jr. dies at 23

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The Rams have acknowledged the passing of running back Otis Anderson, Jr., who spent time earlier this year with the team. He was 23.

Undrafted from Central Florida, Anderson spent the 2021 training camp and preseason with the Rams. He started the regular season on the team’s practice squad. The Rams released Anderson from the practice squad on September 20.

Per multiple reports, Anderson was shot and killed by his father, Otis Lee Anderson Sr., in Jacksonville on Monday night. According to the Florida Times-Union, the shooting happened after a dog belonging to the Otis Anderson Jr.’s girlfriend bit Otis Anderson Sr. He became enraged, father and son fought, and the shooting occurred. Denise Anderson, the mother of Otis Anderson Jr., was grazed by a bullet.

Otis Lee Anderson Sr. is NOT the former NFL running back who was named MVP of Super Bowl XXV. That was Ottis Jerome Anderson, who had no involvement whatsoever in the shooting of Otis Anderson, Jr.

15 responses to “Former NFL running back Otis Anderson Jr. dies at 23

  1. Because he was bit by a freaking dog?

    This kinda stuff only seems to happen here. As a country we would probably value other human beings a little bit more

  2. That sounds like an awful story there’s got to be so much more bad stuff in the relationships amongst the members of that family. So sad to think about

  3. Sad deal all around. I’m not normally one to toss props Mike’s way, but respect for explicitly stating that former Super Bowl MVP Otis Anderson was not involved and avoiding any confusion right away.

  4. Twenty-Three. He had his whole life ahead of him! That is one of the saddest sports stories of the year. Condolences to the family and friends (minus dad of course).

  5. Sad deal all around. I’m not normally one to toss props Mike’s way, but respect for explicitly stating that former Super Bowl MVP Otis Anderson was not involved and avoiding any confusion right away.

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    Maybe here…Twitter though? Plenty of confusion.

  6. brawlkc says:
    November 30, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    Because he was bit by a freaking dog?

    This kinda stuff only seems to happen here. As a country we would probably value other human beings a little bit more

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    You are correct. After all in many other countries the girlfriend would not be allowed to own a dog, or the dog would be dinner, or the men would be meeting alone as the women served to there every need, let’s not forget that in some countries the girlfriend would have been severely beat for not feeling the distresses family patriarch.

  7. Oh. My. Goodness. This is so unneccessary, and so sad. What kind of nonsense happened that the FATHER had to reach for a GUN to shoot his own child? What on earth have we come to?? Condolences to Otis’ poor mother, family and friends. Sleep well, Otis.

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