For the first time in nearly 30 years, Jim Anderson showed up at the NFL Scouting Combine not having to interview running backs or gauge their workouts. Instead, Anderson was here Friday to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

Anderson retired last month following 29 seasons as the Bengals’ running backs coach, which is the longest tenure in team history. During his tenure, a running back gained 1,000 yards in 18 seasons, which is tied with former Pittsburgh assistant Dick Hoak for the most by one coach. Hoak coached with the Steelers for 35 seasons (1972-2007).

During Friday’s reception, Anderson was the last person to speak and cited three things that made him successful – work ethic, communication and attention to detail. He also added, “All you want is the opportunity to do the job. Once you get that it is up to you to make the most of it.”