Broncos' Anderson thanks Brady for inspiration


C.J. Anderson had some kind words for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady following last Sunday's AFC Championship game.

Running back Anderson rushed for 72 yards and had 18 receiving yards as the Denver Broncos beat the Patriots 20-18 to reach Super Bowl 50.

And in a post on Instagram on Tuesday, Anderson thanked Brady - who missed out on appearing in his seventh Super Bowl - for being an inspiration to him.

Anderson posted a picture of him and Brady from after the game with the caption: "I know a lot of people hate this man but man when he was pick 199 [in the 2000 draft] and was over look [sic] he inspired me [when] I was undrafted and overcame all the odds so bless what he told me at the end of this game.

"He said 'CJ, way to fight and prove everybody wrong, you belong in this league and your [sic] one hell of a player, I love the way you run, keep climbing to be great', those words meant so much, growing up watching [what] Tom overcame ... I'm proud to say I'm 3-2 vs his teams and proud to say I get to battle him every year.

"Thanks Tom for telling me those words they will stick and I know a lot of people don't like you but I have mad respect. Thanks, I see you overcome as others [have] in this league and now it's my turn."