Broncos Running Back C.J. Anderson Thanks Tom Brady for His Inspirational Message

'I know a lot of people don't like you, but I have MAD RESPECT.'

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Tom Brady by Jeffrey Beall on Flickr/Creative Commons

Even in the wake of their AFC Championship victory, several members of the Denver Broncos are still talking trash about Tom Brady. An anonymous player said he “tried to rub his nuts” in Brady’s face after laying into him and linebacker Von Miller jokingly claimed in a self-recorded video the Patriots ball he intercepted felt like it was deflated.

One of the few exceptions to this trend is Denver running back C.J. Anderson, who thanked Brady in an Instagram post for sharing some encouraging words with him after the game:

I know a lot of people hate this man but man when he was pick 199 and was over look he inspired me I was undrafted and over came 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 one hell of a player I love the way you run keep climbing to be great” those words meant so much growing up watching 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 in this league and now it’s my turn.

Anderson may not seem to have much in common with Brady. But it’s worth remembering how Brady got his start in the league. Anderson signed with Denver as an undrafted free agent in 2013, and for him and any other player who wasn’t picked in the first round, Brady serves as an example that how you got to the league matters far less than what you do while you’re there.