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Calvin Anderson recalls his first NFL start at left tackle with the Broncos

On Friday’s Broncos Country Tonight, Denver’s tackle recalls when he got notified he was starting in Week 14.

Calvin Anderson had a memorable Sunday this past season.

To say the least.

To get specific, it was Week 14 on Dec. 13 in Charlotte. That’s when he was informed he was starting at left tackle for the Denver Broncos.

It was Anderson’s first start of his NFL career at that position.

Garett Bolles had to miss the first game of his career because of a non-COVID-19 illness. Bolles woke up that Sunday morning not feeling well. The Broncos were also without Demar Dotson.

On Friday’s Broncos Country Tonight, Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright chatted with Anderson about what that experience was like. They also discussed how Denver’s offensive line developed over the course of the season.

As Anderson said to the guys:

“Guys, imagine this, the person who actually told me that was I going to be playing was Mike Munchak. So one of the most calm and stoic guys I know. And he calls me the morning of, probably with his mind racing, obviously, not anticipating he was going to wake up to learn his left tackle was going to be out. So he calls me about 30 minutes before we head to the stadium on the buses and he says, ‘Hey Calvin, did you hear the news?’ Because Garett and me are pretty close. ... I hadn’t heard anything yet, so I was like, ‘No, coach. I got no idea what you’re talking about.’ And he was like, ‘Well, you’re going to be starting today.’

“Luckily, coach prepares us to prepare us all to where at any moment if we do have to play, he’s fully confident in us. But there was still like probably like an hour-and-half period of shock where I really was not understanding how real the moment was. And I think once I got to the stadium, I kind of took it in and understood that, hey, this just went from what my normal role is every week to giving us a chance to win by starting at left tackle.”

Bonus listen

MHR’s Adam Malnati joined the guys to talk about the Colorado Rockies trading Nolan Arenado and if the Broncos don’t acquire a quarterback, is he comfortable with Drew Lock.