Fall 2021 SS Magazine

C.J. Anderson gives glory to God after helping Rams to divisional playoff win over Dallas

C.J. Anderson posted the first 1,000-yard season of his career with the Denver Broncos in 2017, finishing with 1,007 rushing yards. In April, he was released by the Broncos after five seasons with the team.

The Carolina Panthers signed Anderson in the offseason but cut him on Nov. 12 following a Week 10 loss to the Steelers. On Dec. 5, joined the Oakland Raiders. By Dec. 11, Anderson was once again unemployed, having never seen the field for Oakland.

Looking for running back depth with three-time Pro Bowler Todd Gurley injured, the Los Angeles Rams picked up Anderson on Dec. 18. Since joining the Rams, Anderson has rushed for 422 yards and four touchdowns in three games.

According to Stats by STATS, he is the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards and have a rushing touchdown in the first three games with a team.

Even with Gurley returning for the Rams’ first playoff game on Saturday, Anderson continued to produce. He finished with 123 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, helping lead his team to a 30-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

After the game, Anderson praised God for the string of events that brought him to Los Angeles.

“First, I want to give thanks to the Man above for giving me this opportunity,” Anderson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “Second, you know, just playing on the field with Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliot, I’m just trying to make my statement and make my stamp in this game too.”

He also took to social media, captioning a tweet detailing his journey with the words, “God is amazing.”

On Instagram, Anderson quotes Philippians 4:13, which reads, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

The Rams will take Anderson and Gurley on a trip to New Orleans and face the No. 1-seeded Saints in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday at 3:05 ET on FOX.

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