Busta Anderson reflects on AAF experience
Former South Carolina tight end Rory “Busta” Anderson was thankful for his experience in the Alliance of American Football but now has to decide what’s next for him in his career.
The first-year league suspended operations last week, leaving players and coaches scrambling for their next move.
“Unfortunately, it shut down and now I am looking forward to the next opportunity for me,” Anderson said Saturday at D.J. Swearinger’s celebrity basketball game. “We all had got messages the week before that it might shut down. We don’t know what really went on. Guys got stuck, getting kicked out of hotels and had to find way back home. I was in Birmingham and could drive back to Atlanta which was two hours away. But guys got kicked out and forced back on the street, getting back to their homes.
“I got an opportunity and am thankful for that but I am looking to the next move, whatever that might be.”
Anderson was placed on injured reserve back in March but remained with the team. A couple of Anderson’s teammates already have signed with NFL clubs and he hopes more get another opportunity. Some players also talking about playing in the XFL, which starts next year.
“We were happy we were able to show the world what we got,” Anderson said. “A lot of guys were blessed enough to get signed so hopfefully that will continue to happen.”
Before joining the Iron, Anderson spent last fall as a grad assistant for Assumption College, a Division II school in Massachusetts. Former Gamecock assistant Tommy Galt is the offensive coordinator at Assumption and got Anderson the job.
Anderson also helped out with USC last spring before he graduated. He was a seventh round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2015 and also spent time with the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills.
“I would love to get back into coaching and I would love to play so what opportunity comes first and makes the most sense,” Anderson said.
Anderson was one of five former Gamecocks on AAF rosters. Devin Taylor and Weslye Saunders played with Anderson on the Iron squad with Elliott Fry and Ronald Patrick playing for former Gamecock coach Steve Spurrier on the Orlando Apollos.
Anderson said he was able to catch up and talk with Spurrier when the two teams played last month. Orlando had the best record in the league before the shutdown.
“He has been a top coach forever and is successful,” Anderson said. “Talked to him a little bit and chop it up with him. He was running the same things he ran here and in Florida and telling me the same things I would remember.”