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Monday, April 25, 2005
NASHVILLE --- Charles Anthony, the all-time leading rusher in Tennessee State football history, has signed a free-agent contract to join the Tennessee Titans. Anthony will report to the Titans later this week. The tailback agreed to terms with the team after receiving interest from other teams, including Kansas City, St. Louis, and Tampa Bay. "The main reason in choosing the Titans is that I see the opportunity to have the chance to make the team and play," said Anthony. "The fact that I have played college ball in Nashville and in the Coliseum, is also a plus. I will be in a city that I am very familiar." Anthony was a celebrated running back for the Tigers in his collegiate career. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference 2004 Offensive Player of the Year and Sheridan Broadcasting Offensive Player of the Year. He was consensus All-American each of the past two seasons and fifth in the Walter Payton Award voting two straight years. A native of Orlando, Fla., Anthony led all I-AA players in rushing averaging 158.1 yards per game in 2004. He rushed for a total of 1,739 yards on 306 attempts, averaging 5.7 yards a carry and scored 14 rushing touchdowns. He also had 39 pass receptions for 318 yards and two TD's and finished second nationally in all-purpose yardage. Anthony finished his career as the second all-time leading rusher in OVC history, going over the 5,000-yard mark in his final collegiate game. He became the school's all-time leading rusher during junior season.