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Arizona Cardinals: Derek Anderson Needs to Follow in Aaron Rodgers' Footsteps

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals prepares to snap the ball during the first quarter of the preseason NFL game against the Washington Redskins at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Jordan SingerContributor ISeptember 19, 2010

Don't let the title get you wrong, Aaron Rodgers is on the Green Bay Packers, but what he did to follow a legend is simply what Derek Anderson needs to accomplish as well.

In the year following the Packers' loss of Brett Favre, Rodgers threw for 4,000 yards, with a nearly 2-to-1 ratio of TDs to INTs (28-to-13). What Rodgers did was simply amazing, surprising fans of Green Bay and giving comfort to those who had lost faith.

Derek Anderson was an offseason free-agent pickup by the Arizona Cardinals, eventually stepping on to the scene as the starter over the now-Texan Matt Leinart.

Anderson proved to Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt that he still had what he delivered to the table with the Browns back in his 2007 Pro Bowl year.

With the Cardinals' loss of Kurt Warner to retirement, Derek Anderson is following in a legend's footsteps who went from bagging groceries to becoming an MVP and Super Bowl winner.

Derek Anderson is in need of a turn-around from the past two seasons. While Brady Quinn was starting games for the Browns, Anderson was used in desperate situations, not giving him the chance to keep that 3,700-yard 2007 season going.

Derek Anderson still has some proving to do after an ugly Week One win over the St. Louis Rams. Though throwing for 297 yards, the 2007 Pro-Bowler only had one touchdown pass. Larry Fitzgerald and Anderson were not on key, mistiming several passes. Other wideouts such as Steve Breaston and Early Doucet came through big, which will be key in spreading out the offense.

Following in the footsteps of a legend is not easy, but in Aaron Rodgers' case, it's a walk in the park.

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