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Derek Anderson: From humble beginnings to budding star

At the start of the season, Derek Anderson seemed destined for backup quarterback obscurity. Now he's a budding star largely responsible for the Browns' unexpected rise, writes Greg Garber.

Originally Published: December 27, 2007
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

BEREA, Ohio -- Derek Anderson, all 6-foot-6 of him, walked into the Cleveland Browns' television studio a few weeks ago wearing one of those "Fargo"-esque, fur-lined aviator hats, the kind with the big ear flaps. Browns communication manager Amy Palcic -- just this side of mortified -- groaned.

Anderson, who also had a bit of a beard going, bears a striking resemblance to -- and there is no way around this -- the cartoon character Goofy. This is the single word that ...

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