A look at RJ Anderson

During his free time, Syracuse fifth-year senior quarterback R.J. Anderson is like many college students – he relaxes playing PlayStation 2. Unlike many college students, however, Anderson can play himself in a game.

He leads the Orangemen, not only in real life, but in the digital world as well, and battles many of his Syracuse teammates, including Dwight Freeny and Walter Reyes, in NCAA College Football 2003. Anderson won't admit to being the best at the videogame, though.

"We all play," he said. "There are some competitive dudes (on the team). Dwight won the Madden (competition) for NFL. He won ten grand for that. He was the best for a while."

But Anderson doesn't restrict himself to college football when playing sports videogames. He also plays Madden NFL and NBA Live. This is similar to real life, as he played several other sports in addition to football growing up in Plainville, Conn.

At Plainville High School, Anderson was named All-Northwest Conference and two-time MVP for basketball and received the All-State distinction for baseball. In his senior year of high school, he was the Plainville High School Athlete of the Year.

As a high school baseball star, Anderson was a five-tool player and patrolled centerfield, modeling himself after Ken Griffey Jr. He received a scholarship offer from Memphis University to play baseball and football, but decided that coming to Syracuse was in his best interests. Still, if SU had a varsity baseball team, Anderson said he would try out for it.

Jeff Irvine's full story will appear in this month's issue of The Juice.

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