Q&A; -- Mike Anderson

The Baltimore Sun

Last year, in his first season with the Ravens, Anderson ran 39 times for 183 yards with one touchdown. This season, he is a backup to Willis McGahee.

How have you managed to stay encouraged during your time with the Ravens?

Just by staying positive. I've been at this thing for so long that it feels like forever. You learn to take the good with the bad and the bad with the good, and you learn to find that median. Don't get too high and don't get too low. I want to stay in the middle because that gets you through.

Do you still keep in touch with the guys with whom you served in the Army?

I used to, but guys have scattered around. And this time of year is a real busy time of the year for me, so it's hard to keep in touch.

You played the drums in high school. Do you still play?

No, I haven't played in a while, but it's like riding a bike. Once you pick it up, you can go right with it.

What's the most unusual request a fan has asked you?

One time, a guy in Colorado asked me to sign a cup [athletic supporter]. I'm dead serious. I couldn't believe it. I said, "Hold on. Is this thing clean?" He said, "Yeah, it's new." I said, "Wow, that's weird." But I signed it.

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