A few months back the Sandy Spring Slave Museum & African Art Gallery (SSSM), announced that it was the recipient of a $25,000 scholarship in the name of Richard “Richie” Anderson. The scholarship is provided by TruistBank/Wealth Management and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and will be used to provide access to the SSSM for youth programming. Richie Anderson grew up in the Sandy Spring community and attended Sherwood High School where he excelled as a student-athlete in Football, Basketball, and Track & Field.
In football, he received All-State, Prep All-American, Washington Post Offensive Player of the Year, and USA Today Maryland Player of the Year Honors. He finished his high school career gaining over 3,500 yards. In basketball led the county in scoring, averaging 22 points per game as a junior and averaged 23 points per game as a senior. In track, Anderson competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters and high jump, where he received All-county honors as a senior.
Richie accepted a football scholarship from Penn State University and was drafted into the NFL after his junior year. He was selected by the New York Jets in the sixth round (144th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. Richie retired from the NFL in 2004 after an 11 year career with the Jets and Cowboys, where he caught 400 passes out of the backfield.