Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00
Football players at H.B. Thompson Middle School in Syosset were treated to a special guest recently when Ottis Jerome “OJ” Anderson, former player with the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, stopped by the school to discuss the importance of hard work, dedication and teamwork with the students.
After Anderson talked about football and briefly quizzed the athletes on their plays, the seventh- and eighth-grade players, who are coached by John Scott and assistant coach Harold Sheridan, had an opportunity to ask him some questions, which ranged from training and his best play ever to how it felt to win two Super Bowls. Anderson stressed the importance of a solid educational foundation and spoke about being a total athlete, inspiring the young athletes to work harder to achieve their goals both on and off the field. He also touched on the need for students to resist peer pressure and exercise good decision-making skills.
Named Rookie of the Year and NFC Player of the Year while with the Cardinals, Anderson helped lead the Giants to two Super Bowl victories. His career spanned from 1979-1992, and he was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXV.