With Cal’s football team back on the rise after a couple hopeless years, it’s only fair to get excited about the program’s future. With one quick look at the program’s past, however, Cal has proven to be a powerhouse when it comes to producing NFL-caliber talent. The football program is no stranger to seeing star talent perform at the highest level, as Cal had five former players selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl, the most in the entire league.
The upcoming Super Bowl is a prime example of the talented pool of players that has come out of Berkeley, as the game will feature four former Cal student-athletes, headlined by Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff. C.J. Anderson, Stephen Anderson and Brian Schwenke round out the group of Bears, though only Goff and C.J. Anderson will likely see significant playing time, as they are both key cogs in a Rams offense that ranked second in the league, at 32.9 points per game.
Led by head coach and play-caller Sean McVay, Goff threw for nearly 5,000 yards, rendering the team virtually unstoppable, as the Rams also feature one of the league’s best rushing attacks thanks to superstar running back Todd Gurley. Recently, though, the team’s backfield has become a dual-threat monster, as the late-season pickup of C.J. Anderson added another dimension to an already-incredible ground attack.
C.J. Anderson, who graduated from Cal in 2012 after transferring from Laney College, had a rough start to the season, getting released by both the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders before exploding onto the scene for the Rams in Week 16. With Gurley battling some injuries as of late, his teammate has been quite the complementary back, averaging a gaudy 116.5 yards over the past four games. Despite claims that he has put on too much weight and is past his prime, C.J. Anderson has proven to be one of the best late-season pickups in recent memory, and it is rare for someone to make such a large impact for a team right away.
Stephen Anderson, who went undrafted out of Cal in 2016, was a member of the New England Patriots’ practice squad for most of the season before being promoted to the active roster Jan. 8. He has yet to make a reception this season and will likely only be used in Atlanta should injuries strike the Patriots’ tight end group throughout the game.
Taken in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans, Schwenke joined the Patriots this year as a depth piece to their offensive line. He will not be making an appearance in the Super Bowl, however, as he was placed on injured reserve in November with a foot injury.
Regardless of how this highly anticipated offensive showdown goes, two formers Bears are guaranteed to earn themselves some shiny jewelry to add to their collection.