-- Sitting on the stairs in Sproul Plaza as a Cal undergrad, Ahmad Anderson
said "it didn't take but a moment" to pen the three short sentences that become the enduring Cal chant, "Bear Territory."
Every Cal fan is familiar with the cheer: "You know it.
You tell the story.
Tell the whole damn world this is Bear Territory."
wrote it 30 years ago, meaning it shares a birthday of sorts with The Play, which Cal pulled off a month later in the 1982 Big Game against Stanford
A senior defensive back and Big Game team captain in '82, Anderson
said on road trips to Florida, Georgia and Michigan he
was struck by the zeal fans had for protecting their home field.
"They really had ownership and pride," Anderson
"We had a lot of pride.
I thought needed to reclaim that ownership."
wrote the cheer initially to share with defensive back mates Richard Rodgers and John Sullivan.
"This is our territory," Anderson
said of the feeling in the secondary.
A former UC Rally Committee officer confirmed it was Anderson
who created "Bear Territory."
, who will lead the cheer
"That time in my life is like none other," Anderson
A graduate of St. Mary's High in Berkeley
initially was a walk-on to the football team, later earning a scholarship.
As a senior, he
was voted the team's most inspirational player.
Now 52, he is vice president of human resources at Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay.
The oldest of Anderson's
three children, Brandon, broke ranks to do his undergrad work at Stanford