Fred Anderson is a Captain of Industry
The Seahawks have a number of Legends that are Hall of Fame members, be it pro football, college football, state, city, and association halls of fame, etc. Joining this growing roster is former Seahawks defensive end Fred Anderson, who is the 2017 Tabor Legacy Hall of Fame Award winner.
Anderson played for the Seahawks from 1980-1982, and later started his own construction company. And it was through his work here that he began making his name known in the Puget Sound community for his social work and advocacy for fellow contractors.
“I’ve been kind of a political guy, fighting for a lot of the smaller, minority contractors,” said Anderson. “A lot of the work I had done was public works, and it’s not always easy. It’s a very difficult situation in terms of the kind of work we do.”
The competition is high in the rather dog-eat-dog world of construction work, and that’s where Anderson has shined in his support of the little guy.
“You’re representing, most of the time, the under-utilized contractors out there, which I do. And that’s been my passion, because I’m one of them, and some of us have a bigger voice than others. They always say it takes a village, but there are folks in the community who do their best to recognize the inequities at times, and they come to bat for us. I’ve been recognized as one of those guys who will go in and do my part.”
Anderson, who retired in 2014, can certainly be proud of his efforts in the construction industry over the years.
“I’ve been very successful as a contractor,” he said. “I’ve done over 100 million dollars in gross volume, and when you’re a “Steady Eddie,” doing your three, four, five million a year in volume, you see the other guys come and go. You’ve got to stay after work and go to meetings and meet folks that may not necessarily want to talk to you. But they feel they have to get into the community because they need your participation on some of these public works contracts.”
Anderson has some fond memories of his playing days with the Seahawks, including a game against his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“We played the Steelers one year and it was nice to beat my old team,” he recalls of a 24-21 win at the Kingdome in 1981. “I also always enjoyed playing Kansas City, I had some good games playing against them, they were big rivals.”
Anderson will be receiving his Tabor Legacy Hall of Fame Award at a “Captains of Industry Gala” dinner on September 15 at the Marriott Waterfront in Seattle. Named after the late Langston Tabor, who is noted for his leadership and passion for the enhancement of the economic, educational and political advancement of African Americans in the community, Fred will be the sixth recipient of the award.
“Langston was a contractor, he had a good skill set, and we’re all grateful that he touched the Seattle community. I feel honored that I knew him personally.”
As for being in the spotlight, Anderson has always preferred to be one of those guys in the trenches.
“I’m one of those guys that doesn’t go to these kind of things,” said Anderson. “I like doing the work and just staying behind the scenes, and we all know who is supporting us. I’m honored, but I just do what’s necessary and go to bat for whatever situation needs to be addressed.”
And that’s why Anderson will soon find himself in the spotlight.
Tabor 100 is an association of entrepreneurs and business advocates who are committed to economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large. The Award symbolizes strength, vision, and determination, and represents the highest level of recognition and appreciation that the organization can bestow. The award recognizes the leadership of individuals who work to create partnerships across cultural, economic, social, political, geographic, or educational boundaries.