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Patriots Football Daily: Calvin Anderson Reveals Health Issues



New England Patriots offensive tackle Calvin Anderson

The New England Patriots signed veteran free agent Calvin Anderson on March 15, 2023. The offensive tackle was expected to compete for a starting role on last season’s squad. Anderson missed training camp, however. New England placed him on the non-football injury list on July 25, 2023. The Patriots activated Anderson on Aug. 29, 2023, just before the season began.

Reports indicated Anderson dealt with a serious illness, though specifics of the illness were not disclosed. Anderson posted to his X account this past March, stating he would soon be telling the story.

Christopher Price of The Boston Globe wrote an article detailing Anderson’s health struggles last summer. Things were much more serious than many realized. Anderson started for the Patriots in Week 1 of the 2023 season. Only six weeks earlier, doctors advised Anderson there was only a 50-50 chance of him surviving. What was the diagnosis?

Calvin Anderson had contracted malaria during a trip to Africa during the offseason. Nobody knew this until July 22, 2023, when Anderson awoke with a 104.5-degree temperature. His wife brought him to the hospital immediately where the diagnosis was made. It is the first known case of an NFL player having malaria.

Anderson was cleared to return to the team before the season began. Despite not going through training camp, and recovering from a very serious illness, Anderson started the season opener. The performance earned him the respect of his teammates and coaching staff. During New England’s Week 2 game, it became obvious Anderson was not 100% ready for football activities. That game was the last time Anderson would take offensive snaps in 2023. It would not be his final serious health scare.

During a practice leading up to a November game against Washington, Anderson suffered a freak injury during a team practice. There was enough chest discomfort and heartbeat abnormalities that he went to the hospital once again. This time the diagnosis was a “heart contusion” for Anderson. It was another scary setback, with the only remedy being rest.

Calvin Anderson feels back to full strength and is ready to battle for a starting tackle job in training camp. The New England Patriots want him to contribute in 2024. But most importantly, everyone hopes Anderson can avoid any other major health scares moving forward. For the full article from Chris Price, click here.

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Football Fun Fact of the Day

Bob Avellini played his entire 10-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears. In 1977 he led the Bears to the playoffs and led the NFL with four game-winning drives.

Single-season record for game-winning drives: Matthew Stafford (2016 Lions) and Kirk Cousins (2022 Vikings) share the single-season NFL record with eight game-winning drives.

Career NFL record for game-winning drives: Tom Brady with 58. Brady also hold the postseason record with 14, eight more than any other quarterback.

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The New England Patriots had two game-winning drives in 2023. Bailey Zappe helped set up Chad Ryland for a 56-yard field goal to beat the Broncos. The other was a touchdown to beat the Bills, courtesy of Mac Jones and Mike Gesicki:

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