Instagram Tom Brady, C.J. Anderson

Tom Brady isn't exactly Mr. Popularity in Denver, but try telling that to Broncos running back C.J. Anderson.

As memorable as the Broncos' 20-18 win against the Patriots was in the AFC championship game Sunday, Anderson found a postgame encounter with Brady to be just as impactful.

Here's what Anderson, who signed with Denver as an undrafted free agent in 2013, posted Tuesday on Instagram:

"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 played five games as a rookie in 2013. Then he rushed for 849 yards in 2014 and 720 yards in 2015.

Anderson beat the Patriots in late November with a 48-yard touchdown run in overtime. He was Denver's top rusher Sunday against New England with 72 yards in 16 carries.

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