"I just was done. Mentally, I wasn't in a very good place," Anderson said, describing how he sat in his car one day after the 2009 season and pondered retirement. "I was done with it. I'd dealt with some things off the field. On the field, it wasn't great, and I really just kind of gave up on what got me to where I was."
It grew no easier in 2010, with Anderson tumbling to a 2-7 record as a one-year starter for a bad Arizona Cardinals team. Then came the NFL lockout and more questions about where his career was headed.
"I had a conversation with (Chud) before I signed and he said, 'Hey, I know I can get you back to playing how you're capable of. Come here, let's do this, let's do it right.' The confidence he had in me, to have me here and to bring me here and to help Cam was something that, at that point, I needed," said Anderson.
"And even when I got here five years ago, I wasn't in the best shape of my life. But when I got here, I realized there was a special group of guys here, and it really motivated me to prepare and continue."