BENNINGTON — A former member of the Southern Vermont Storm has been elected to the New England Football League Hall of Fame, becoming the third such inductee in the team’s history.
Marcus Anderson began his career with the semi-professional football team based in Bennington in 2007. His career spanned a decade with the Storm.
Storm general manager Chris Cipperley said Anderson made an impact from the moment he first stepped onto the field.
“It was pretty obvious early on the kid was different,” Cipperley said. “He brought a lot of energy, a lot of passion, and a lot of talent. A lot of guys looked up to him.”
Cipperley played tight end for the Storm during the team’s first few seasons. He recalled a scoring play on the goal line with Anderson flanked out at receiver. Cipperley had zero career touchdowns at this point, while Marcus had “I couldn’t even tell you how many.”
“We both ended up with the ball on the goal line, and the touchdown,” Cipperley said. “That play right there pretty much showed me that he always wanted it more than anybody else.”
Anderson displayed that determination during the final play of the 2017 season in the Maritime Division championship game. Anderson made a contested catch in the end zone on a Hail Mary pass from quarterback Will Cole.
The 50-yard grab by Anderson gave the Storm a 15-12 win over the Vermont Ravens on the final play of the game.
Cipperley sees the Hall induction not only as a great individual achievement for Anderson, but also a reflection of the consistency of the Storm organization.
“I’m proud to say that we’ve been around long enough and consistent enough and successful enough for him to be recognized,” Cipperley said.
Anderson becomes the third member of the Storm to be inducted into the NEFL Hall of Fame, joining founder Tighe Stratton (class of 2017) and former player Ed Bushee, class of 2011.
Anderson grew up in Brattleboro and attended Brattleboro Union High School, while brother Stacey attended Mount Anthony Union High School.
The 2020 induction ceremony was postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus. Cipperley said the class of 2020 and 2021 will be honored together after the 2021 season.