Crimson Tide Star Ryan Anderson to Meet Fans in Daphne
Daphne Native Returns Home Ahead of NFL Draft
(Daphne, AL) Daphne's Ryan Anderson will appear at Baumhower's Restaurant in Daphne Sunday, April 23rd from 1-2:30pm to meet with fans and talk football past and future. In just a few days, Anderson is predicted to take his stellar college career pro as a high choice in the NFL draft.
The former University of Alabama linebacker has been a name in football since his days as a Trojan at Daphne High School. A five-star prospect by 247Sports.com - which ranked him as the nation's No. 19 overall prospect and the No. 1 outside linebacker - 247Sports.com also ranked him as the No. 2 player in Alabama. Anderson helped lead the undefeated Daphne Trojans to a 6A state championship in 2010.
With Auburn and other schools in pursuit, Anderson chose to attend the University of Alabama. He red-shirted his freshman season, waiting his turn and climbing the ranks among the Tide's stable of other standouts. Coming off a successful junior year and with a national championship in Alabama's back pocket, Anderson became a force on the defensive line and a pass rushing threat as a senior. Ryan finished the season with 61 recorded tackles and a team high 19 tackles for loss and 9 sacks. The media voted him first-team SEC All-Conference.
Now begins the real work: his professional football career. As Ryan stated during his 2017 combine interviews he "ain't no bologna sandwich." Anderson is expected to be a 2nd or 3rd round selection as one of the top ten outside linebackers in this year's draft with scouts noting his strong work ethic and "football IQ." A fifteen-year football journey leads to the NFL in just a matter of days, with inspiration certainly coming from his Daphne days. Two other stars from that historic 2010 Trojan team may end up team-mates again or across-the field foes: Michael Pierce now plays with the Baltimore Ravens, and T. J. Yeldon with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Anderson says he's ready for the path ahead, and "thankful to all those who sculpted me along the way."