Dr. Walt Anderson is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since 1996. Anderson spent his first seven seasons in the NFL as a line judge before being promoted to referee for the start of the 2003 NFL season. He wears the uniform number 66.
Anderson is a 1974 graduate of Sam Houston State University in Texas and played football for the school and was a two-time Academic All-American. Wanting to stay active in football following college, Anderson decided to pursue a career in officiating.
He began officiating junior high and little leagues, high school, then eventually college. In 11 years of college experience, he worked games in the Lone Star (Division II), Southland (Division I-AA), and Southwest Athletic Conferences (Division I). At the college level, Anderson was scouted by ex-NFL officials who would looking to fill openings at the professional football level.
Anderson joined the NFL in 1996 and since then he has worked playoff games in every year of eligibility, including four Wild Card, two Divisional and three Championship games, with the pinnacle being Super Bowl XXXV in 2000. Anderson cites that Super Bowl as being his most memorable game.
On April 26, 2006, Anderson was named Coordinator of Football Officials for the Big 12 Conference.
Anderson is also a retired dentist (Doctorate of Dentistry, University of Texas Dental Branch, 1978) is married to Afshan and have five children. They currently reside in Sugarland, Texas.