C.J. Anderson Comes Full Circle Back to Berkeley After NFL Career

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C.J. Anderson is accustomed to starting at the bottom and working his way to a prominent position. He did it as a running back at Cal, then as an undrafted player who eventually scored a touchdown in a Super Bowl victory.

And now that his seven-year professional playing career is over, the 29-year-old Vallejo native is taking the next step in his football journey as a voluntary coach on Cal’s offensive staff.

Anderson, who retired from the NFL last month, hinted on social media that a coaching assignment was in his immediate future.

Asked by a fan a couple weeks back about becoming an NFL assistant, Anderson wrote on Twitter: “I want to coach a college team 1st. I’ve learned a lot from great players and coaches. I’m excited for my opportunity to grow and get my own program one day. If a NFL team calls about running them I’ll be ready.”

Turns out that first coaching opportunity comes at his alma mater, where in 2011 and ’12 Anderson rushed for 1,135 yards and 12 touchdowns.

C.J. Anderson fends off a Chargers would-be tackler.
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“C.J.’s going to join us in a voluntary position, off the field, to support our offense and the football staff as needed,” coach Justin Wilcox told reporters on Tuesday. “He can’t coach the players — there’s rules as to what he can and cannot do. But we’re excited to have him here.”

Bradrick Shaw said on a Sunday call with reporters that Anderson has been part of recent Zoom meetings with the running backs.

CJ Anderson is excited to be back at Cal as a volunteer offensive assistant coach

Anderson got his start at Jesse M. Bethel High in Vallejo, where he rushed for nearly 4,000 career yards. Mostly overlooked by college recruiters, he attended Laney College for two seasons, where he attained JC all-state honors as a sophomore in 2010 when


NFL Podcast: Week 5 Recap

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The football gods give and the foot ball gods take away. That was as apparent as ever on Sunday in Week 5 as Alex Smith made his triumphant return to action after nearly two years away from the sport as a result of a gruesome leg injury. On the other side of that coin, only hours later, Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome ankle injury of his own and is now out for the season.

Terez Paylor & Charles Robinson recap all of the Week 5 games up until Sunday night including the Dallas Cowboys’ pyrrhic victory against the New York Giants, the Las Vegas Raiders stunning the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks adding another exhibit to his MVP case against the Minnesota Vikings and the Atlanta Falcons cleaning house after suffering yet another loss, this time to the surprisingly frisky Carolina Panthers.

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Andy Dalton will now be thrust into the spotlight as he takes over the starting QB job in Dallas after the injury to Dak Prescott. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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Eagles’ Jalen Hurts completes first pass of NFL career vs. Steelers

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Kyler Murray has career-high 380 yards as Cardinals snap losing streak – NFL Nation

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All week there was talk around the Arizona Cardinals that Sunday’s game against the New York Jets was a “must-win.”

For a 2-2 team in early October, it seemed a bit hyperbolic. But for the Cardinals, it wasn’t. They needed to beat the winless Jets, one of the worst teams in football to stay relevant in the brutally tough NFC West and they needed to do it in a convincing fashion to prove they have what it takes to keep chasing a playoff berth this season.

Then second-year quarterback Kyler Murray went to work.

Murray helped the Cardinals (3-2) prevent a three-game winning streak with his arm and legs, throwing for a career-high 380 yards in a 30-10 win against the Jets (0-5), a week after he threw for 133 yards.

He diced apart the Jets’ second with a variety of throws, including a 37-yard touchdown throw to wideout DeAndre Hopkins with 8:35 left in the game that was as beautiful as it was accurate. Of Murray’s 380 yards, 131 went to Hopkins, who had his third 130-yard game as a Cardinal. He didn’t have any last season.

Murray also showed off his touch in the third quarter with a perfectly placed pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who hauled it in with one hand.

Murray wasn’t just productive, he was accurate, completing 27 of 37 passes for one touchdown and an interception.

The win keeps Arizona in the hunt for the postseason, including a shot at the NFC West title.

Describe the game in two words: Rebound game. The Cardinals came off two bad losses with a fairly good all-round showing, but Sunday’s game showed there’s still work to be done if Arizona wants to keep the


Nick Foles Joins Exclusive NFL Club with Second Career Win over Tom Brady

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Nick Foles joined a very exclusive club on Thursday night after guiding the Chicago Bears to a 20-19 comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field in Chicago.

The win over the Bucs makes Foles only the fourth quarterback in NFL history along with Jake Plummer, Brian Griese and Cam Newton to have multiple career wins over Tom Brady without ever being on the losing side against the six-time Super Bowl champion.

To put the achievement into context, Brady has played 331 games between regular season and playoffs since he entered the NFL in 2000, losing just 77 of them. Of those 77 losses, only nine have come against quarterbacks Brady has never defeated and five of those nine have come against the Denver Broncos.

Foles’ first start for the Bears on Thursday night marked just the second time he and Brady had crossed path since Super Bowl LII, when the now Bears quarterback became only the second quarterback after Eli Manning to defeat Brady in a Super Bowl—Manning pulled off the feat twice, as the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI—and was named Super Bowl MVP after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a surprise win over the New England Patriots.

Of the other three quarterbacks to register multiple career wins over Brady without ever losing to the three-time MVP, Plummer is the only one to have managed it three times. The second-round pick of the 1997 NFL Draft defeated Brady twice in the same season, as the Denver Broncos won 28-20 in New England in Week 6 of the 2005 season, before beating the Patriots 27-13 in the Divisional Round three months later.

The latter win snapped New England’s 11-game winning streak in the postseason and was the Broncos’ first playoff win

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