This Kingsburg native was born and raised on a ranch, but became a two-sport star for Kingsburg High and Stanford University. In 1929, the Vikings won the Fresno County football title, but lost to Bakersfield in the Valley playoffs. In the same year, Kingsburg won the County and Valley Championships. One of Anderson's teammates in football was another Hall of Fame inductee John Baker. Anderson doubled as a pitcher and outfielder in baseball for a team that defeated Delano and Merced for the Valley title. In his freshman year at Stanford, he played for future Fresno State coach Jimmy "Rabbit" Bradshaw. Anderson was a three-year starter for the Indians in baseball and football. In 1934, Anderson played on the Stanford Rose Bowl team that lost to Alabama. During the traditional battle with the University of California in 1932, Anderson got off a game record seventy-three yard punt in a scoreless tie. Anderson later coached at Mountain View High School and then became the superintendent of the Los Atos High School district.