LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell's Abdullah Anderson signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears on Saturday.

When Anderson suits up for his first game, he will become the 44th Bucknell alum to play in an NFL contest. The last was Julién Davenport, who made his NFL debut in 2017 for the Houston Texans, who drafted him in the fourth round, 130th overall, of the 2017 NFL Draft. 

As a senior, Anderson was recognized as a FCS All-American by the Associated Press, STATS, Phil Steele and College Sports Madness. The 2017 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, he joined Rich Lemon (1993-96) and Davenport (2013-16) as the only Bison to capture four All-Patriot League citations in his career.

Anderson was honored on the 2017, 2016 and 2015 All-Patriot League First Teams and the 2014 Second Team. A three-time Preseason All-Patriot League selection, he was also selected as the 2017 Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club's NCAA FCS Collegiate Player of the Year.

In 2017, Anderson totaled 42 tackles (20 solo), nine tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and one blocked extra point. During his stalwart career, he started 43 games, recording 171 tackles (96 solo), 33.5 tackles for a loss, 15.5 sacks and four blocked kicks. Three of his four blocked kicks were field goals; he will graduate tied for first in school history with Josh Eden (2006-07, 2010-11) in this statistical category.

The Bears open their season on September 9 at the Green Bay Packers.