C.J. Anderson, the Super Bowl 50 MVP in 2014, has announced his retirement. The former Denver Broncos running back was a Pro Bowl selection in 2014 and had a 1,000-yard season in 2017. Anderson has announced that he will be moving on to college coaching. He finished his career with 6,527 yards and 55 touchdowns.
Anderson made his announcement on Instagram, saying he has "decided to move on from the game of football." He went on to thank the NFL for giving him an opportunity to play at a high level for so long and said he's looking forward to taking on a new challenge next year by becoming a graduate assistant coach at South Carolina.
This is certainly a loss for the NFL as well as Denver because there are no more hard-hitting runners like Anderson out there. He was one of a few players who could have won multiple Super Bowls if they had played for different teams (James Harrison, Richard Sherman, Malcolm Butler).
However, this is definitely a gain for South Carolina because it will get to see how its running backs do now that one of the best in history has retired.
Anderson was appointed as the Steelers' quarterbacks coach by new head coach Mike Tomlin in January 2007, reporting to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Tomlin announced Anderson's retirement on January 5, 2010, with immediate effect. When the Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII, Anderson received a Super Bowl ring.
He had been the backup quarterback for most of Terry Bradshaw's career with the team, but Anderson never appeared in a regular season game for Pittsburgh. He did play in two playoff games during his time with the team, both in 1983. The first was when Bradshaw was injured and replaced by Kordell Stewart in mid-season; the second was when Stewart was injured himself and replaced by Anderson.
After leaving the Steelers, Anderson went on to have a successful coaching career, becoming the wide receivers coach for the Indianapolis Colts under head coach Tony Dungy from 2010 to 2012. He then followed Dungy to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he served as their passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach from 2013 to 2015. In 2016, he joined former Steelers teammate Kevin Colbert's staff as the Carolina Panthers' offensive quality control coach.
During his playing days, Anderson was a third-round draft choice (61st overall) by the Steelers in 1979. He started seven games that year when Bradshaw was lost for the season due to injury. The next year, Anderson started three games before losing his job to rookie Scott Zolak.
Anderson's debut season saw the Broncos reach Super Bowl XLVIII, where they were defeated 43-8 by the Seattle Seahawks. Anderson had a 14-yard reception and two nine-yard carries in the game's last three plays.
He attended Cal and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2013. He made one Pro Bowl and won Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos. He also spent time with the Los Angeles Rams, with whom he appeared in Super Bowl LIII.
The Denver Broncos re-signed running back C.J. Anderson to a four-year, $18 million contract on March 15, 2016. The Denver Broncos agreed to terms with running back C.J. Anderson on April 28, 2013.
After helping the Rams reach the playoffs last season, the 28-year-old is still looking for a new team. Anderson will work out for the Texans on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Anderson has been without a team since Detroit dismissed him on September 17.
On January 5, 2010, quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson announced his retirement. For the three years since Tomlin created his original staff, all three men have worked in the same capacity. When asked about potential changes to his coaching staff, Tomlin said he had no plans at this time.
Ken Anderson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the 1979 NFL Draft. He played five seasons with the team before moving on to coach in the Canadian Football League for two years. When Mike Tomlin took over as head coach in 2008, he brought Anderson with him from Canada as his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Anderson has been praised for his work with Ben Roethlisberger during his career year in 2009 when he led the league in passing yards while helping the Steelers win their first Super Bowl title.
Anderson is a graduate of West Virginia University where he played defensive back for the Mountaineers from 1976-77. As a senior in 1977, he started every game at free safety and earned All-America honors. The Steelers selected him with their last pick (pick number 156) in the 1978 NFL Draft.