Legendary Tennessee football player, broadcaster Bill Anderson passes away

Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
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The Tennessee Volunteer family received some sad news on Tuesday, as it was announced that legendary Tennessee football player and longtime radio analyst Bill Anderson passed away.

Anderson was 80 years old and lived in Knoxville, according to a release from Tennessee Athletics.

UTAD Director of Broadcasting Bob Kesling expressed his sadness at the loss of his longtime colleague:

“It is indeed a sad day for the University of Tennessee and the Vol Network with the passing of Bill Anderson,” UTAD Director of Broadcasting Bob Kesling said. “For three decades, Bill and John Ward painted the picture on the radio for many of the greatest moments in Tennessee football history. Bill’s great knowledge and understanding of the game and his passion for Tennessee football added so much to each broadcast.

“Bill enjoyed life, loved his family and took great pride in the fact he got to wear the orange shirt at Tennessee. It is a tremendous loss.”

Anderson also played for the Green Bay Packers after his Volunteer career was over, winning Super Bowl I as a member of Vince Lombardi’s squad.

He finished his NFL career with 178 catches for 3,048 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was inducted into both the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.
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  • Sad for Tennessee family. I grew up listening to Bill Anderson and John Ward. For true Tennessee fans, listening to them felt like home. A piece of Tennessee history has just passed. Radio was alot back then. Back before pay per view or 300 cable channels, Tennessee just had maybe 5 games on TV, and that was the big times games. All other games, we were huddled around the radio listening to Bill and John paint the picture we call Tennessee football. Bill you will be missed.

  • Very sad. Tennessee Football hasn’t been the same, in more ways than one, since Ward and Anderson left the Vol Network.