February 15th 2013
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"I just wanted to let him know the process is just beginning. When you first get hurt, the worst thing you can do (right now) is think about your future." That was the message former Wildcat Derek Anderson brought to Nerlens Noel Wednesday afternoon. In 1997, Anderson suffered a season-ending ACL injury but came back as good as new.
Anderson was our guest on "The Leach Report" show this morning and said he wanted to stress to Noel to not feel rushed to make his recovery. "If you look at Derrick Rose, I think there were pressuring him to come back. Adrian Peterson took his time and he came back and had a great year. You can't pressure yourself or allow other people to pressure you," Anderson said, who added that Noel's most frustrating time will come after the surgery is completed and the long rehab process begins.
Anderson says the support of Big Blue fans meant the world to him after his injury. "People were coming to the hospital, dropping off cards, I was getting prayer wishes. They did so much for me. Everybody I would get depressed, here comes a bunch of cards and that was during the tournament. I owe them so much and that's why I stay connected to the Kentucky fans," he said.
(Click on the podcast link on the home page and listen to Tom's whole interview with Derek Anderson)
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