The son of an Army colonel, Anderson had a few ups and downs before settling down to the Broncos’ ever-shifting offensive line.
Englewood, Colorado – Calvin Anderson He was already the left tackle for the Broncos and the most interesting person in the Locker Room.
Now, to a small announcement, he’s a married man. He and Sherry Olaiya Lanihun, a model and real estate investor from Amsterdam, are husband and wife.
The nuptials were revealed during an interview with 9NEWS this week when Anderson was asked: What do you want to do when you grow up?
“What a great question,” Anderson laughed. “My wife Sherry – whom we recently married. Very sexy. Two months ago. We kept it low-key between us. We’ll do a private ceremony.”
“But Sherry, I grew up in Amsterdam, and I think the international perspective and our relationship opened up my horizons in terms of what we could do. Obviously, I have a love for the game. That’s why I still play. I’ll have options to do other things but I love this game. Offensive So I’m going to do this for as long as I can.
“But when I’m done with it, who knows. I was going to tell you I’d go into finances before I met Sherry. Now we’ll see. I’ll definitely dabble in a lot of things before I make up my mind.”
He has led the life of an eclectic stunt performer. Anderson was born in Philadelphia and raised in Austin, Texas, and played basketball and tennis in high school. Tennis?
“My grandfather was actually a professional tennis player, so that was the first sport I learned when I was four,” said Anderson. “It was my first love for the sport.”
Keep in mind that Anderson is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, though as an NFL offensive tackle, one of his unique characteristics is his tennis-like footwork.
“Luckily I stopped playing before I got that big,” he said with a smile, “but if I’m still playing now, I’ll be a big volleyball player.”
Also at Westlake High School, Anderson played drums in the marching band.
“I played in the jazz band too, played the drum kit and went to high school and the marching band and played the snares,” he said. “I was in love with him. I was playing with the band and football, it was crazy.”
We all know how good he is with the Rubik’s Cube. Not only can Anderson solve the multicolored plastic machine in seconds, but he can solve it behind his back. He is still invited to show this special skill.
“Karim’s daughter had her 7th birthday party in October and he asked me to come because she was so fond of the Rubik’s Cube,” Anderson said of Kailyn Jackson, the daughter of the Broncos who started seeing him. So I went over there and we shot a little video of me teaching her how to do it. It was fun.”
At Rice University, where he was a three-year junior, Anderson graduated with a degree in Economics and Religion. He became a graduate transfer to Texas where he played one extra season and completed one year of a two-year Masters in Finance program.
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Following Anderson’s impressive background is knowing his father was an influence. Devry Anderson played college football in the Army. He is a doctor and ordained minister.
“My dad is a huge influence,” Anderson said. “I look up to him, he’s been my role model my whole life. I always say he left some really big shoes to fill because besides everything I just said he served 23 years in the military. A full flying colonel retired in 2018. So he left some really big shoes as you can to his son. I was raised at a really young age to keep up with the opportunities and the challenges so I’m glad he raised me that way and I’m still fighting to try to fill those shoes.”
His journey in cementing Russell Wilson’s blind side has been nothing but a straight line. Coming out of the Texans, Anderson signed with the Patriots in 2019, then became a member of the Jets’ practice squad for a month before being signed by the Broncos early that season.
Inactive through the Broncos’ last 12 games of the 2019 season, the thinking was that Anderson was a bright tackle prospect who needed to get stronger. He became a part-time starter and swing offensive tackle in 2020-21 and this year, with off-season surgeries on veterans Billy Turner and Tom Compton, Anderson has emerged to open up against close friend Jarrett Bowles.
But the Broncos’ decision-makers had other ideas. Cam Fleming, who had been signed up again before the start of the OTAs, became the right-hander instead. When the Bulls fell with a season-ending fractured fibula late in the fifth game against the Colts, Anderson replaced him with one game, but then Turner returned to right tackle, shoving Fleming to the left side.
It wasn’t until Fleming went down with a quadruple hit against the Jets that Anderson became the starting left again. He’s on track to earn his fourth start at left field Sunday afternoon against the Las Vegas Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High.
“That’s part of what we’ve got going for him to play offensively at this level,” Anderson said. “It’s hard for sure, just moving on, you have to make up your mind to be able to play a position, switch, play a different position. But as I’ve told some of the coaches who’ve asked me, that’s part of what’s been asked, especially being the swing tackle the last couple of years, you have to “You’re ready to play multiple positions and come in and play them at a high level. At any given moment. I’ve tried that and it’s something you have to maneuver with in the NFL. You don’t play too often just one position.”
With rookie Luke Wattenberg in good stead to start his first NFL championship at center Sunday and Compton potentially making his Broncos debut at right tackle, the Broncos may have their seventh offensive line collection in 10 games. Such constant turnover of a situation that requires cohesion partly explains why Wilson was sacked six times last week in Tennessee and beaten 12 more times.
“You’re talking to any of our guys, we’re taking this personally, man,” Anderson said. “We’re here to protect Ross. And anytime Ross gets hit, no what circumstances we deal with. I know guys take that hard, myself included. And that’s a good chance – like they always say in football, the next chance is always next week.” And this is a good opportunity to right those wrongs. Because we never want to see a quarterback lying on the floor, especially not Ross.”
For all of Calvin Anderson’s options, life revolves around protecting Russell Wilson.
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