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Neil Haley, The Total TUTOR host of the Total Celebrity Show and writer Blake Robinson, interviewed Jamal Anderson to find out about his career.
Jamal Sharif Anderson (born September 30, 1972) is a former American football running back of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL DRAFT. He played high school football at El Camino Real High School, where he was named to the CIF Los Angeles City Section 4-A All-City first team in 1989. He went on to play college football at Moorpark COLLEGE FOR the Moorpark College Raiders before playing at Utah.
Anderson earned a Pro Bowl selection in 1998, leading the NFC in rushing and helping the Falcons to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII. He suffered a career-ending knee injury in 2001 while finishing his eight-year career with 41 touchdowns and nearly 7,000 yards of offense.
Jamal discussed how Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis paved the way for his career. “When I was a year or two behind Jerome Bettis. Jerome was able to open peoples eyes. It showed the versatility of big backs. We had a lot a fun playing in the NFL.”
Jamal had a career aspirations as early as age 10 he said, “I do kind of funny hash tag. I am the nerdy bird. I wrote an essay to be a fortune 500 CEO while playing in the NFL and winning a Super Bowl. At 10 years old, I was going to make it to the NFL.
Jamal did not always look like he was going to be a dominate back. He talked about the most difficult thing he faced in his career. “When I got to Utah. They did not know what they would do with me. I looked like a fullback but I am tailback.” Jerome dominated so much on the national scene, that made people think he could be a tailback and indeed he became a great NFL tailback.
Simply G Media CEO GJ Reynolds shared, “Jamal is a great story. He was placed in some what of a quandry and chose to rise above the outside noise to show what he could do and then demonstrated it on the field. I love to hear a story like his. Now everyone knows he was one heck of a tailback!”
Jamal is currently doing some shows with CNN and HLN. In addition, he will be broadcasting at training camp for CBS radio. He is enjoying life in Atlanta with his family.