It’s hard to argue that second-year New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson didn’t do all he could to help his team beat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon.
Anderson, signed as an undrafted rookie out of Temple last year, had a career game, with 146 yards and two touchdowns on six catches.
The Jets battled the Panthers, ultimately losing late, 35-27.
In the third quarter, as Anderson went back to the sideline after his second touchdown of the day, this one a 54-yard bomb from a scrambling Josh McCown that put the Jets up for the first time in the game, he looked into the Fox camera and made a plea for viewers to vote for him for the Pro Bowl – he even added, “please?” at the end.
But announcer Chris Spielman was having none of it.
“How about we worry about outscoring somebody in the fourth quarter and you focus on this game instead of campaigning for Pro Bowl votes?” Spielman shot back, though Anderson couldn’t hear him. “Let’s try that first.”
In the end, Spielman was right – the Jets were down, 18-17, to start the fourth and were outscored, 17-10, in the quarter – but at that moment, there was nothing wrong with what Anderson did.
This is a kid who basically came from nowhere and leads his team in receiving yards and is one of the NFL leaders in receptions (he has 70 for the season); a little good-natured self-promotion is all in good fun.
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