Browns quarterback Derek Anderson looks to be in the best shape of his life.
He said he trained extremely hard during the six weeks he spent at home in Oregon before training camp. That included sessions with a woman in Portland who specializes in Thai massage and has worked with several members of the NBA's TrailBlazers. He called her somewhat of a ''hippie.''
When asked on the first day of camp if he had six-pack abs, Anderson joked and said, ''4 1/2.'' But he really wasn't kidding. His 6-foot-6 frame now boasts a waist that looks as tight as Tiger Woods'. Backup quarterback Brady Quinn, a workout fanatic, has no edge on Anderson now in that regard.
Declared the Browns starter when he signed a new contract in the off-season, Anderson said his motivation was to make it through 16 games and perhaps a playoff run.
''The long haul of the season, getting through the season with all those games, your body gets worn down,'' he said. ''I was just tying to make sure my body was ready for that pounding and that marathon.''