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Meet QB Kevin Anderson, The Possible Savior of the Renegades XFL Season

The Arlington Renegades are facing a bit of turmoil in the Quarterback room this week. After releasing Kyle Sloter and trading for Luis Perez, it appears that Drew Plitt will be the Renegades QB1 for week seven, but there is one QB in Arlington waiting for an opportunity.

Kevin Anderson, has been putting in the work for years. After breaking his collarbone his senior year in HS Kevin found himself choosing Marshall over smaller FCS schools, Anderson spent 2013 as a backup and would transfer to Fordham University in the Bronx, after the commitment of Chase Litton, and transfer of Michael Birdson from JMU. After spending the 2014 season as a backup at Fordham would become the starter for the Rams for the next three seasons, teaming up with NFL veteran Chase Edmonds, setting multiple school records, and finishing as a Top-5 Quarterback in the school’s history.

After graduating in 2018, Anderson faced a reality many college athletes deal with every April. The NFL draft came, and Kevin’s name wasn’t called. After limited NFL interest, it wasn’t till late 2018, where Anderson received a professional contract offer, but it wasn’t from the NFL or CFL, it was the AAF’s Orlando Apollos.

Anderson’s professional career begin backing up NFL veteran Garrett Gilbert, and journeyman turned coach Austin Appleby. Anderson received minimal playing time in the AAF, but he was given the opportunity to learn from Head Coach Steve Spurrier, along with assistant Scott Spurrier who is now on the Arlington Renegades staff. Upon the AAF folding, Anderson spent 2019 and part of 2020, with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Ottawa Redblacks, before COVID canceled the CFL’s 2020 season and Anderson once again was without a contract.

After spending his post graduate career training the next generation of Quarterbacks, over the past several years, 2021 rolled back around and this time The Spring League called. Anderson who spent 2018 with the then showcase, was linked up with future Roughnecks Offensive Coordinator AJ Smith and Alt- Vet Brandon Silvers, as a member of the Conquerors. It was then where Anderson would fully be able to showcase his skill splitting time with Silvers throwing for 682 Passing Yards and 5 TDs to 0 INTs, in his first extended showing since college. Upon the completion of the 2021, Anderson would turn down some CFL contracts until November of 2022 came around and the Arlington Renegades selected him.

After spending the last six weeks as the inactive QB3, Anderson will be dressed and ready to go for Bob Stoops’ Arlington Renegades. For the past five years, Anderson has worked out, travel, and been so close to an opportunity to final get his shot in the XFL. With Drew Plitt seemingly ineffective during the last several opportunities he’s been given. It appears Kevin Anderson’s opportunity is inevitable as Arlington fights for a playoff spot with four weeks left in the 2023 season.

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Pat Rifino is a former Security Contractor turned writer. He began his writing career talking about geo-politics, and the defense industry. Now Pat writes about alt-league football, while hanging with his dogs in his off time.

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