Incredible speedster and track man at Northwestern State.
Second round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 82.
Saw little action his rookie season partially due to the NFL strike.
Posted first 1000 yard season following year on 51 catches, scoring 10 TDs.
Had a career high 71 receptions in 1984 to go along with 1306 yards receiving.
Had a career high in receiving yards (1313) and TDs (11) in 1986.
Cracked the 1000 yard plateau one final time in 1991 with 1085 yards.
After being cut following the 92 season, Mark played one final season in 1994 for the Miami Hooters of the Arena Football League.
Pro Bowl 1983
Pro Bowl 1984
Pro Bowl 1986
All- Pro 1983
League’s longest reception from scrimmage 1986 (85 yards)
Dolphins Honor Roll 2003
At the time of his retirement was the Dolphins all-time receiving yardage leader at 8,869 yards.
2005 N-Club Hall of Fame (Northwestern State University)
Duper along with WR Mark Clayton formed the famous ‘Marks Brothers’ that gave opposing defenses fits. Duper was well known for wearing the single bar helmet throughout his career. He was diagnosed with CTE in 2013.
Mark only recently started signing through the mail, so I went ahead and picked up his certified via EBay back in 2020. Later when I saw successes flood in with a donation in early 2022, I launched out these two other cards.
In 1993 I found out that there was a golf tournament that was at Barton Creek Country Club where a good percentage of the proceeds went to charity. It was an amazing who’s who of players from all major sports and a veritable windfall of autographs dropped into my hands over 3 days. I was so excited I did 17x 24″ drawings of each football player I knew of. On the first day I got there before 8 AM so I could get the early birds. I ran into Dick near the first green with a few other retired players. He was a beaming, friendly gentleman and signed my card. I then handed him the drawing I did and he was genuinely touched. Dick and I talked for a bit more and he noticed that I put my address down at the bottom. He then mentioned something about a few old books he had that he didn’t need that I might want and wished me the best of luck. A few months later I received in the mail a thank you letter from him and a copy of “But We Were 17-0” with Larry Little and his autograph inside.
Dick Anderson played his entire career for the Miami Dolphins and was one of the major foundations to the Dolphins championship runs of the 1970s. The AFL defensive rookie of the year in 1968, Anderson was named to the Pro Bowl and All Pro in 1972 and 1973, was named NFL Defensive Player of the year in ’73 and the NFL All 1970’s team. After football Anderson became a successful Florida State Senator, is an active Dolphin Alumni, and was inducted into the Miami Dolphin’s Honor Roll. To this day he has not been inducted into the Pro Football HOF, which could be attributed to the number of 1970’s Dolphins already enshrined, but regardless with considerations being made now for lesser defensive backs, it makes sense the writers could see fit to induct Anderson through the Senior committee.
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Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.