Even to this day, Derek Anderson says he would have played in the 1997 Final Four

Derek Anderson - photo by Tammie Brown | WildcatWorld.com
Derek Anderson – photo by Tammie Brown | WildcatWorld.com

When he tore an anterior cruciate ligament at Florida, became a member of a club that no one wants to join. That there is a fraternity of BBFs who share the experience of torn ACLs led former star to offer Noel support.

“Because, trust me, when I hurt my knee, that was the most miserable time of my life,” Anderson said. “Man, it was like, ‘I’m alone. The players are gone. They’re practicing. They’re playing.’

“It was just the emotional and mental aspect I couldn’t grasp for a while.”

Anderson advised Noel to rejoin his teammates in as many activities as possible as quickly as possible.

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