Last week, former Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson officially announced his retirement. Anderson posted the following goodbye on social media:
“Well here we are. I was just a guy. But still it took a village to help me thru this journey. The teammates, coaches, staff, trainers, eq, friends, and most importantly my wife and family. But it’s made me who I am today! So, to the Ravens, Browns, Cardinals, Panthers, and Bills, I appreciated everything you guys did for me and my family! We all had some serious highs and some lonely lows. I’m gonna miss my teammates and friends dearly, but it’s time for the next chapter. Thank you everyone for always pushing me to be a better person. The criticism, the praise, it always pushed me...the fear of letting my teammates down always pushed me! Just wanted to drop a note and tell everyone thank you one more time.”
Anderson was a 6th round pick by the Ravens in 2005, and Cleveland got him off waivers to be a third-string quarterback. My first year running Dawgs By Nature was in 2006, and that’s when the buzz surrounding Anderson began. I’ll never forget the second half performance, including the long scramble in overtime, he had against Kansas City that year, coming in relief:
In 2007, Charlie Frye was the Browns’ starter in Week 1, but was benched and traded. Anderson started the rest of the season, helping lead the team to a 10-6 record. He threw for 29 touchdowns to 19 interceptions. There were many fine moments, but it came to a crashing halt near the end of the season, when he threw four interceptions against the Bengals in a game that ultimately cost Cleveland a shot at the postseason.
Anderson was still with the Browns through 2009, but the magic had run out. In 2009, he started 7 games, throwing 3 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. He had a 1-year stint in Arizona in 2010, but really found his “home” in Carolina from 2011-2017, where he got to be the backup to Cam Newton. He even got to go to a Super Bowl in 2015 with the Panthers. Last year and this offseason, he was with the Bills.
In 14 years, Anderson had career earnings of about $33 million. Not bad.
Congrats on the retirement, DA, and thanks for the memories!