Ottis Anderson joined the Giants in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 8, 1986. He played on the Giants' Super Bowl XXI and XXV championship teams and was voted the MVP of Super Bowl XXV after rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown in the 20-19 victory against the Buffalo Bills. Anderson is one of only four running backs in NFL history to score rushing touchdowns in two Super Bowls and win Super Bowl MVP (Franco Harris and John Riggins accomplished that before Anderson, and Emmitt Smith did afterward).
In 83 regular-season games with the Giants, Anderson had 704 rushing attempts for 2,274 yards and 35 touchdowns (the sixth-highest total in franchise history). He added 77 receptions for 567 yards.
After rushing for a total of 214 yards in his first two Giants seasons, Anderson became the team's primary back in 1989 (a season Morris missed due to a broken foot). He was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year after scoring a career-high 14 touchdowns while running for 1,023 yards on 325 carries.