Robert Paul Anderson
Bob Anderson is considered the best overall athlete to emerge from Cocoa High School, earning 16 varsity letters in four sports.
Anderson was a four-year starter in football, basketball, baseball and track & field at Cocoa from 1952-56. In football, he played quarterback, halfback, defensive back and punter; in one game as a junior, he rushed for 214 yards, scored three touchdowns and passed for one touchdown. As a senior, Anderson rushed for more than 350 yards in two games. He was Brevard County's leading rusher and scorer his sophomore, junior and senior years, scoring or passing for every score the team made. Anderson was a first-team All-State selection and an All-American his senior year.
He was an All-County and All-Conference selection in basketball and baseball his sophomore, junior and senior years. In basketball, Anderson averaged 19 points per game his freshman year, 20 as a sophomore, and 22 his junior and senior years, scoring more than 600 total points as a senior. His pitching record in baseball was 18-2; in one game, he struck out 15 batters and hit a home run to win the game. Anderson batted over .300 as a sophomore, .330 as a junior, and .390 as a senior. He also excelled at track & field, setting school, county and conference records in the 100-yard dash and shot put, and competing in the 220-yard dash, discus throw, sprint medley and mile relay events.
Anderson accepted an appointment to West Point, where he was a two-time first team All-American in football. As a sophomore in 1957, he rushed for 983 yards, ranked second in the nation with 14 touchdowns, and was voted seventh in the Heisman Trophy standings. In 1958, Anderson led Army to the Lambert Cup and its last undefeated season, placing eighth in the Heisman race. He currently ranks eighth on Army's all-time list with 21 career touchdowns, and ninth with 1,887 career rushing yards.
Anderson was a ninth-round draft choice for the New York Giants in the 1960 NFL Draft, but served as a lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division for three years before playing for the Giants in 1963 and 1964. He currently is employed by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
He is a member of the Cocoa High School, New Jersey Sports Writers Association, West Point Sports, and College Football Halls of Fame, as well as the NFL Alumni Association.