Georgetown, KY – NAIA All-American Kyle Anderson – last season’s Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a Georgetown College Tiger – got the call he’d been “hoping and praying for” late Monday night after the National Football League lockout ended. The Cleveland Browns were interested in his considerable talents as a defensive lineman!
Anderson, one of 11 undrafted free agents signed by the Browns on Tuesday, essentially has two weeks to show his new coaches he can help the storied franchise that finished 5-11 last season.
Reached early this afternoon (July 28) at the Brown’s training camp facility in Berea, OH, Anderson said, “I have a smile on my face right now because this is every player’s dream to get a chance (in the NFL).” He had the Cleveland playbook and was awaiting his physical.
He said he thinks the Browns’ 4-3 defense (four down linemen, three linebackers) fits his talents. But, he added “I’m going to take this day by day, keep a level mind and stay focused on making this team.” If he does, the Browns’ regular season opener is against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 11 in Cleveland. Their first pre-season exhibition is against the NFL champion Green Bay Packers at home August 13.
Georgetown College Coach Bill Cronin said, “Kyle’s one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever had in the program. If anyone deserves to make it, it’s Kyle.”
Cronin only had the privilege of coaching Anderson for one season as the Minneapolis native played his first two years at Western Kentucky University and the next year at The Citadel before transferring to Georgetown College for his All-American senior season (he was also one of five Tigers named Victory Sports Network First Team All-American).
“Good defensive linemen are so hard to find and (for the Browns) to have someone with his character is in Kyle’s favor,” Cronin said. “I think it would be great if he could be a ‘practice player’ for a year or two and then have a real chance to make the (travel) squad.”
Anderson graduated in May with a degree in Sociology. Fortunately for him, his advisor was department chair Eric Carter, who just happened to write a book entitled Boys Gone Wild: Fame, Fortune, and Deviance Among Professional Football Players. Anderson allowed that he had a number of discussions in his professor’s office about avoiding potential pitfalls of the pro football life.
This summer, Anderson continued to work out – usually with GC Defensive Coordinator Shan Housekeeper ’03. “I just wanted to get myself prepared in case I got the call,” he said.
On July 2, Alexander married Britney Syler, a nurse in the neo-natal care unit at the University of Kentucky Hospital.