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Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson spends first NFL paycheck on his mother

Former Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson earns Defensive Player of the Game for his performance in the 2016 Peach Bowl versus Washington: Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

The once angry man of Alabama football now shares a smile with his mother. Former Crimson Tide outside linebacker Ryan Anderson spent his first NFL paycheck on the woman that always stood by him.

After being selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft to the Washington Redskins, Anderson inked a five-year deal worth $5.3 million – including a $2 million signing bonus. He purchased his mother a brand-new home, and per his Instagram on Friday, he captioned the photo “She held me down when I was broke I got her til infinity.” Prior to getting drafted, Anderson was one of the catalyst behind Alabama’s three straight Southeastern Conference championships (2014-16) and its College Football Playoff national title in 2015.

He recorded 15 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss in the last two years.

The Daphne, Ala., native was one of two ex-Tide players drafted to the Redskins, as the franchise chose defensive end Jonathan Allen with the 17th overall pick of the first round.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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