You could say that C.J. Anderson's 2-yard rushing touchdown helped decide the fate of the Carolina Panthers in last night's 50th Super Bowl. The running back got to celebrate full-stop after being with the Denver Broncos for just three years after being signed as an undrafted free agent. During this last season, Anderson received commendations, namely being picked as AFC's Offensive Player Of The Week during Week 12 of the season. Anderson stands at 5'8 and weighs 224 pounds. He joins an elite club of the talented short athletes in the NFL who stand under 6' including Darren Sproles (5'6), Jacquizz Rodgers (5'6), Ray Rice (5'8), and Maurice Jones Drew (5'7) among others.
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Anderson himself said after the game that his team was relentless, that they grind and work hard. He mentioned that his team worked this way for the last 16, 17, 18, 19 games and that it was all grinding and love amongst teammates. Teamwork is everything of course, and at the end of the day, it's all about brothers looking out for one another. In any sport, the size and differences between your teammates do not matter. It's all about winning the game. That is your goal, and your eyes should be trained on that target in tandem with your peers with no distractions. Of course, this is why the Broncos got bragging rights in the end.
CJ Anderson Playing Against The Bengals Earlier This Season | Source: USA Today
During the game, Anderson had ten carries and one late game reception. His two-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter with 3:08 left on the clock is what sealed the deal for his team. Anderson's 34 yard run during the second quarter ended up being the game's longest run. In total, he rushed for 239 yards, had two touchdowns and nine receptions for 39 yards. His talents adds another Cal graduate to the list of starting running backs during a Super Bowl.
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Anderson has been enjoying accolades for sometime now. He rushed 4,000 yards during his high school career and was named Athlete Of The Year by his hometown newspaper. As a senior in college at UC Berkley, he produced 126 carries and four touchdowns. Though he did make a 2013 appearance at Super Bowl 48 with the Broncos as a rookie, they were defeated 43-8. Now Anderson gets to enjoy a superbowl ring. We're sure Anderson did plenty of celebrating with his long time Girlfriend Raquel Torres (who was amazing basketball player during her high school days) after the champagne bottles in the locker room emptied and the stadium fanfare ceased.
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