Former NMU lineman signed by Colts

MARQUETTE – The Indianapolis Colts announced the signing of former Northern Michigan University offensive guard Chad Anderson on Tuesday to a free agent deal. The 6-foot-3, 321-pound native of Sault Ste. Marie, had been playing for the LA Kiss of the Arena Football League.

Anderson, who just wrapped up his career at Northern in the fall of 2013, started 32 of the 35 games he appeared in on the offensive line for the Wildcats, including 32 consecutive starts as a sophomore, junior and senior. He played right tackle for NMU as a junior and senior.

Anderson participated in an Indianapolis NFL Regional Combine this year prior to the NFL Draft, but went unselected. Anderson also had a tryout with the Colts after the draft in May.

Anderson’s older brother and former teammate at Sault Area High School and NMU, Zach, is currently in his second season as a defensive tackle for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. Zach Anderson recorded seven sacks as a rookie.

Chad Anderson is one of two NMU Wildcats currently on NFL rosters. Chad Anderson’s former offensive line mate, Jace Daniels of Escanaba, is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Daniels spent his rookie season with the Bucs last year on the practice squad.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Matt Wellens. Email him at sports@miningjournal.net