C.J. Anderson was quite the surprise during the second half of the 2014 season for the Denver Broncos. And now he is being rewarded for all of his hard work.
With Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Von Bell still recovering from a knee injury he sustained in the regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, he was forced to withdraw from the Pro Bowl this Sunday. The NFL announced that C.J. Anderson, who emerged from seemingly out of nowhere in Week 10, would be his replacement.
This is an awesome accomplishment for C.J. Anderson, who is in just his second year in the league. His numbers definitely speak that of a Pro Bowl player, rushing for 849 yards and 8 touchdowns. But I would believe that it was how he sparked the Denver Broncos offense in both his play and his willingness to help his team however he can.
C.J. Anderson proved to me that he is ready to become a great player during the divisional game against the Indianapolis Colts. With his team down, he prevented his teammate Orlando Franklin from drawing a penalty that could have cost the game. On the next play, he would do whatever he could to make sure the Broncos drive stayed alive by breaking tackle after tackle in order to get the first down. During that game, he showed the characteristics to be a true team player and leader.
He even took to Twitter after the loss and blamed himself for “Not making enough plays tonight.” Of course, Broncos Country thought differently. I honestly thought he was one of the few players who actually showed fight in that game. If everyone else on the team showed the determination that he had, the Broncos could have gotten a lot further than the divisional round. Who knows, we might even be talking Super Bowl.
C.J. Anderson turned heads this season and was a great player during the last half of the season for the Denver Broncos. His Pro Bowl accomplishment should give him motivation and to build off of for the 2015 season. Hats off to you C.J. Anderson, you deserve it.