Broncos C.J. Anderson Doing Big Things On and Off the Field
With a revamped offensive line, an even larger commitment to the running game in year two of Gary Kubiak’s run-heavy scheme, and a new level of conditioning after receiving a nice new contract, C.J. Anderson seems poised to have a huge year on the football field. Broncos Country certainly appreciates everything C.J. brings to the table on the field, as he is a tremendous young back with a lot of yards left to gain, and a lot of touchdowns left to score.
But in the past week, it has been what he has done off the field that has been generating a lot of buzz.
This past Saturday, in his hometown of Vallejo, California, Anderson hosted his first ever football camp for kids. It is not uncommon for NFL players around the country host their own youth football camps, as we’ve already seen players such as Demaryius Thomas, Von Miller and others host their annual youth camps. The difference here, and what makes this newsworthy, is that Anderson’s camp was free of charge, allowing kids from all types of families the ability to come out and participate in something that some of the lower income families typically would not have been able to afford.
In a fantastic article from Mike Klis at 9 News in Denver, Anderson was asked about his camp;
"The purpose of a free camp is I knew how I grew up and I knew I couldn’t pay for a camp when I grew up so I’m accepting all kids from wealth to no wealth to rich to no rich."
C.J. is a giver at heart, and what better way for him to give back to the hometown that he grew up in than to use his platform, and recently acquired financial success to give back to the youth that aren’t as fortunate as others, and otherwise wouldn’t have this type of opportunity. It wasn’t just Anderson however, as C.J. had the support of many of his Broncos teammates as well; Demaryius Thomas, Mark Sanchez, Juwan Thompson,
and Kapri Bibbs all came out to lend a helping hand for a great cause, and a few others from around the NFL, including Lions receiver, and former Bronco, Andre “Bubba” Caldwell.
The camp had great success as over 400 kids from the ages of 7-17 came out and got to have the experience of a lifetime, and learn a little football from some of the better players that the NFL has to offer.
“It’s all about giving back to the kids,” Demaryius Thomas stated, and that is exactly what these Broncos players did this past weekend.
C.J. Anderson is a player that just gets it. This is the same C.J. Anderson that received a playing time bonus after his breakout 2014 season and went and purchased his grandmother a brand new car to show his appreciation to everything she did for him growing up. He’s exactly the type of player that exemplifies the type of standard that Mr. Bowlen, Joe Ellis, John Elway, and the entire Denver Broncos organization represent.
At the end of the day it is fantastic to be a great player, as C.J. Anderson is, and will continue to be for a long time for the Denver Broncos. However, it is
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acts like this that show what type of person C.J. is, and why he is so beloved by not just his teammates, but by all of Broncos Country alike.
“You see by the turnout of Broncos players that CJ’s a great guy on the team, a great leader and he’s doing something for his community and to get players on your team and their offseason time and their free time to come out to something like this, drop what they’re doing, that’s not easy to do,” Mark Sanchez said.
Kudos to all the Broncos that came out to support C.J. and his great cause. The Denver Broncos organization, and Broncos Country are all extremely proud to have C.J. in orange and blue on Sundays. With training camp beginning Thursday, now it is time for C.J. to leave it all out on the field, and
run wild for the Broncos this season so that he can continue to build his platform, and continue giving back to the same city that made him who he is today. Broncos Country loves you C.J., keep doing your thing and don’t ever change who you are.