Zaire Anderson, Bam to his closest friends, grew up in Frankford around Harrison and Tackawanna Sts. and played first for the Frankford Chargers. As Saleem Lewis, his friend from that time tells the story:
“Me, another friend, Khason Evens, and Zaire went to play for the City Youth Association Gators. We were the only Frankford guys on a team where all the players came from a different part of the city. A lot of people got on us about that, about going and not finishing our Little League football career with our home team, the Chargers. LOL and we never got a chance to beat the Chargers. In his last year with the Gators, Zaire won best offensive player of the year”.
Ziare played at Frankford High where he was named a first-team All-Philadelphia Public League selection in his senior year.
He started his college football career at Riverside (Calif.) City College. He then went on to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and started in 18-of-28 games in three seasons. He earned his degree in Child, Youth and Family sciences in 2014 and played his senior season as a graduate student at Nebraska.
Anderson joined the Denver Broncos as a college free agent on May 5, 2015. He was waived on September 5th but assigned to the practice squad the next day and would be on the sidelines at Super Bowl 50. Looks like all that time helping the team to practice worked out pretty well.
He is Frankford through and through. To relive highlights and check out more about the Broncos’ win – Super Bowl 50.
Bob Smiley with a lot of help from Saleem Lewis