Happy Birthday to Houston Cougar great and former Kansas City Chief, the pride of Galveston Ball, Kimble Anders!
Kimble Anders was a two-sport star for the Tors, leading the football team to a quarterfinal birth in 1984 and set a school record for rushing with 1,932 yards and 26 touchdowns. 5 Tornados signed Division 1-A scholarships. He also starred on the Tor basketball team. He was active volunteering with the Boys Club, earning the Sportsmanship Award after his senior season.
He signed with Houston, right up I-45, out of Ball. He played immediately for Bill Yeoman’s Coogs. He suffered academic issues as a sophomore, he stuck it out and got his classroom work in order. He used that season as a redshirt year and came back in 1987 to become one of the most versatile backs in the Southwest Conference. He ended the season among conference leaders in receptions, receptions/rushing yards, rushing, and scoring. He rushed for 841 yards and caught passes for another 707 with fourteen total touchdowns.
Anders teamed with fellow Superback Chuck Weatherspoon to give Houston a great one-two punch out of the backfield. Anders helped Houston pummel Texas in 1989, 49-7, contributing seven catches for 107 yards and two scores. Cougars coach Jack Pardee called it his best day as a Cougar.
Anders went undrafted in 1990 and signed with the Steelers. Then in 1991, he signed with the Chiefs where he played for ten seasons. He earned his keep as a jack of all trades, backing up and playing fullback for the great Marcus Allen. He did that well enough to make three straight Pro Bowls.
He returned to Ball as head football coach in 2013.
Happy Birthday to one of the most versatile backs in SWC history.