Cortrelle Javon "C. J." Anderson (born February 10, 1991) is an American footballrunning back for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He scored the last touchdown of Super Bowl 50 as the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, 24-10. He played college football at California, and was signed by the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2013.
Anderson attended Jesse M. Bethel High School in Vallejo, California, where he rushed for nearly 4,000 yards during his prep career as he led his squad to four consecutive playoff appearances, including a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section title game as a junior in 2007, when he was named the Vallejo Times Herald Athlete of the Year. He was a two-time Vallejo Times Herald MVP and first-team selection, while also picking up first-team All-Solano County Athletic Conference honors in both his junior and senior campaigns. He posted 1,297 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground and completed 44-of-91 passes for 785 yards and 11 scores as a junior. As a senior, he moved to running back after playing quarterback in an option offensive during his junior campaign and rushed for 1,623 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground, while also contributing with 2 interceptions on defense. He became the first Bethel player to sign with and play for a Pac-12 school. Anderson also participated in track, posting bests of 12.11 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 24.35 seconds in the 200-meter dash.
He was selected to the first-team All-American, All-State and All-NorCal Conference teams while at Laney College in Oakland, California. He then went on to play at California. In his first year at Cal as a junior in 2011, Anderson had 72 carries for 345 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground and 7 receptions for 186 yards and one touchdown through the air. As a senior for the Golden Bears in 2012, he produced 126 carries for 790 yards and 4 touchdowns plus 15 catches for 164 yards and a touchdown.
Anderson signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent on April 27. Anderson was injured during Denver's preseason. The Broncos reached Super Bowl XLVIII in Anderson's rookie season, but lost 43–8 to the Seattle Seahawks. Anderson had a reception for 14 yards and 2 carries for 9 yards as he got the ball the last 3 times of the game.
Anderson had breakout games against the Dolphins and the Chiefs, running for over 150 yards each time, the first Denver Broncos running back to do so since 2004. Anderson was ultimately named to his first Pro Bowl at the end of the season in place of the injured Le'Veon Bell.
On December 2, 2015, after a 30–24 win against the New England Patriots in Week 12, Anderson was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Anderson compiled 113 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, including the game-winning score. The Broncos finished the season 12–4 and Anderson had 720 yards with 5 touchdowns. The Broncos earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC. In the first playoff game, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Anderson had 15 carries for 72 yards and the game winning touchdown. The Broncos won 23–16. In the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, Anderson had 16 carries for 72 yards. The Broncos won 20–18 to advance to Super Bowl 50 where they beat the Carolina Panthers 24–10. In Super Bowl 50, Anderson totaled 100 yards of offense on 27 touches (23 carries and 4 receptions), one of his carries being a two-yard touchdown run with less than three minutes left, expanding the lead to twelve points.
After the 2015 season, Anderson became a restricted free agent, and signed a four-year, $18 million offer sheet with the Miami Dolphins on March 10, 2016. However, on March 15 the Broncos matched the Dolphins' offer, keeping Anderson in Denver for the next four seasons.
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