The City of Murfreesboro has changed the name of a local roadway. The City Council changed the name of Community Circle in the Kimbro Woods subdivision near St. Andrews Drive to Jerry Anderson Drive.
Anderson, a former Murfreesboro Central High and University of Oklahoma star, played in the NFL with Cincinnati Bengals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He died in Murfreesboro while saving the lives of two drowning children in 1989.
Ironically, on May 27, 1985, he rescued a trapped motorist who was in raging floodwaters in Tulsa, Okla. Exactly four years later on May 27, 1989, he rescued two young boys who where were drowning in the Stones River near Riverdale High School.
“Jerry was a strong influence in my life as he took me under his wings just like he did other young boys that idolized him as a brother and athlete while at Central High School,” said City Councilman Ron Washington.
Anderson was only 35 years old when he died.
In October of 1989, his story was aired on the popular reality TV show “Rescue 911.”
The road named in his honor is three miles away from the exact point of where Anderson died.