Swift receiver hopes to resurrect football career

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:16 AM ET

Scotty Anderson sees himself as a Lamborghini sports car.

Low mileage, still runs great.

The sleek and speedy former Detroit Lions wide receiver, who also spent time in Arizona and Tampa Bay, is expected to provide the Calgary Stampeders offence with a deep threat this season.

But after two years out of football, it remains to be seen how he'll look when the rubber hits the road. The Stamps will find out this morning as training camp opens at McMahon Stadium.

"I like to think of myself as a used car that doesn't have too many miles," Anderson grinned during medical tests yesterday.

"A Lamborghini at a Chrysler 300 price -- but you're going to get a Lamborghini performance.

"I'm just glad I've been given another chance.

"It's like being a used car instead of a new car."

The former Grambling Tiger, Detroit's fifth-round selection in 2001, is the school's all-time leading receiver. He was on his way to a productive NFL career in 2003, leading the hapless Lions in receiving yardage, when he suffered an ankle injury which sidelined him for the final seven games of that season.

He was eventually released after what he calls "off-field issues" and spent time in Tampa Bay and Arizona, although he sat out the 2004 and '05 seasons.

"The injury hasn't affected me at all and right now I feel I'm better than ever," said Anderson, 26. "It's never affected my running or speed or anything.

"Calgary has given me a great chance to prove I'm still capable of playing because I'm still young. I'm good."

Anderson is expected to offer strong-armed quarterback Henry Burris a legitimate deep threat, a facet the offence lacked last season. At 6-ft. 2-in., he also has the size to compete for the ball.

"Route running and speed, it goes hand-in-hand," Anderson says of his assets. "I can help this team and they've given me a great opportunity. I'll be able to show that when practice starts (this morning)."

This is likely Anderson's final chance to prove himself in pro football. He has two brothers who also played in the NFL but who have since joined the real world.

Anthony Anderson played safety for the San Diego Chargers in the late-1980s and Stevie Anderson was a wide receiver with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals in the mid-1990s.

Stevie now owns a cleaning service while Anthony runs a trucking business.

Scotty Anderson knows he'll be next to join the working world should he fail to click in Calgary.

"I do but I want to pursue a football career as long as I can," Anderson said. "I feel like this is my last chance and that's good because it's going to push me harder.

"I think I got by a lot in the past just on natural ability, really just not thinking of it as a business.

"I believe I wasn't taking it as business-like as I should in Detroit."

Now the Stamps will find out if Anderson is still ready for the road or destined for the scrap heap.


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