What a wild ride for C.J. Anderson.
The Cal alum went from being released by the Raiders -- the team he grew up rooting for in Richmond, Calif. -- to leading the Rams to the Super Bowl in a month's time.
For the fourth consecutive game Sunday, Anderson led L.A. in rushing (44 yards on 16 carries), this time in the NFC Championship, which the Rams won 26-23 over the Saints in overtime.
Anderson now has rushed for 466 yards in four games since joining L.A. He had 167, 132 and 123 yards in his previous three contests with the team.
But this season wasn't always gravy for Anderson. Before signing with the Rams, here's how his season was going: released by the Carolina Panthers after nine games, then signed and released by the Raiders after five days in Week 15.
Anderson signed with the Raiders on Dec. 4 in what appeared to be an East Bay homecoming. Like the rest of the team's season, nothing was that perfect.
“I grew up in the Coliseum,” Anderson said at the time of his signing. “I came to a lot of games, screaming chants and all that. I know all about the history.”
The Raiders released him before he even wore the Silver and Black in a game. His mom is such a fan of the team that she once rooted against her own son when he played on the Broncos against the Raiders.
That probably isn't the case anymore.