Gary Anderson (placekicker)

Gary Anderson (Placekicker)

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Gary Allan Anderson (born July 16, 1959) is a former National Football League placekicker. He was the first NFL kicker to have a "perfect regular season," successfully making every field goal and every PAT during regular season play. He did, however, miss a field goal attempt in the playoffs, making his season "almost perfect".While Anderson was the first to have a "perfect" regular season, Mike Vanderjagt was the first kicker to have a "perfect season" that included the playoffs.

Early life

Anderson was born in Parys, South Africa and grew up in Durban. His father was an Irish born Protestant pastor and former professional soccer player. His mother was South African. Shortly after Gary graduated from high school at Brettonwood High, Reverend Anderson left South Africa and moved his family to the United States to protest South Africa's policy of apartheid.

Anderson hoped to follow in his father's footsteps and become a professional soccer player in Europe. While practicing soccer at a high school football field in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, he began practicing kicking field goals with a rugby ball. When the high school coach Charles Chiccino saw him, he arranged a tryout for four scouts from Syracuse, Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina. After the tryout, all four scouts offered scholarships on the spot. Gary chose Syracuse after they promised him that he would also be able to play on the school's soccer...
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