LA Rams sing: Oh, Big Chungus, Wherefore Art Thou?
Two words that probably don’t register a whole lot with anyone else but an erstwhile LA Rams fan? Big Chungus. The running back more commonly known as CJ Anderson, and who helped to take the 2018 team to Super Bowl LIII.
Where have you gone, Big Chungus? Our (Rams) nation turns its lonely eyes to you, woo eww woo. (He’s actually retired now, and recently took a head coaching position at Monte Vista High School in Danville, CA)
The year was 2018, and the Rams starting running backs were all dinged up. Gurley’s knees finally began to show the wear and tear and the Rams were suddenly thrust into a scramble when the word came: “No Mas”. Scramble? More like a panic mode ensued to find a suitable replacement. Sound familiar?
Enter Big Chungus, picked up for a pittance off the NFL scrap heap discard pile after registering five seasons with the Denver Broncos. And he was like a breath of fresh air. All he did was step right in and carried the team on his back. He went on to rack up 403 yards on 67 rushing attempts, more than six yards at a pop.
Two hand-offs meant a first down, and then some.
If Charles Barkley is the “Round Mound of Rebound” then Big Chungus is his football counterpart or equivalent, because his stout, fireplug form of a body resembled anything but the lean washboard-ab running back bod’.
And we loved him for that. “Fat, thick, I don’t care. . . just meet me in the hole one day.” CJ Anderson on his weight
And how can anyone forget that divisional round playoff game versus the Dallas Cowboys where he was just bludgeoning their defense, ripping off first down after first down on the ground, and with the team leading 23-15, he went over, plops his big ole non-football-looking-bowling-ball of a body down right square in the middle of the Dallas Cowboys bench. Oh, Snap!
It’ was like one of those memes or skits where comedian Chris Farley says “THAT, was AWESOME!”
Cuz’ CJ was awesome.
They say luck is when preparation meets opportunity, and Big Chungus showed up, stepped up, balled out.
Now, with the recent unfortunate news of Cam Akers’ Achilles injury, the team is asking for lightning to strike again. One of the current running backs needs to either step up and be the proverbial “next man up”, or else the team goes a-looking at the scrap heap.
Just maybe there’s gold in them ‘thar hills again.