Tom Brady found himself on the wrong side of the scoreboard in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos, but even in defeat, the New England Patriots quarterback was a class act.
After Denver held on for a 20-18 victory to advance to Super Bowl 50, Brady and Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (undrafted in 2013) shared a special moment on the field during the postgame pleasantries.
It was then that the four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback told the third-year running back something he'll never forget.
On Tuesday, Anderson took to Instagram to reveal what Brady told him and how much that message meant to him:
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.
Brady, the No. 199 overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft, has beaten long odds to put together the career he has had. He has won multiple Super Bowls, multiple NFL MVP awards and been a perennial Pro Bowler.
Seeing a player in a similar position, Brady wanted to give Anderson some props.
Last year, Anderson made the Pro Bowl in just his second season in the league. Like Brady, the 24-year-old Bronco has a chip on his shoulder from being passed on in the draft. An extra edge like that only pushes a player to reach his potential.