New Patriots’ offensive lineman can clear up a Rubik’s Dice behind his again


“I really signed a model ambassadorship with Rubik’s — first professional athlete ever.”

Denver Broncos offensive tackle Calvin Anderson (76) leaves the field following an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Charlotte, N.C.
Calvin Anderson has a singular expertise outdoors of soccer. (AP Picture/Rusty Jones)

The Patriots signed offensive sort out Calvin Anderson again in March to assist bolster the staff’s depth on the O-line and maintain each Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe off the turf.

But when Invoice Belichick and his workers are additionally in a bind with the every day Sudoku puzzle, Anderson may turn out to be useful.

Anderson met with the media at Gillette Stadium for the primary time on Thursday, pertaining to matters akin to new Patriots O-line coach Adrian Klemm and his strategy getting into the 2023 NFL season. 

However earlier than wrapping up his presser, Anderson additionally dropped fairly a tidbit about his skills away from the gridiron.

“I can clear up a Rubik’s Dice behind my again,” Anderson mentioned.

Feels like a reality-defying boast, however there’s video proof of such a feat.

Anderson is an knowledgeable at fixing the 3D dice and different puzzles because of some math-based rules. Alongside together with his behind-the-back trick, Anderson can clear up a Rubik’s Dice in about 13 seconds. If blindfolded? That stretches into the 20-second mark.

“My rookie yr, I really signed a model ambassadorship with Rubik’s — first professional athlete ever,” Anderson mentioned. “And it’s as a result of I got here up with a unique method to clear up it blindfolded. That is gonna sound so nerdy, however, there’s a subsect of men who clear up the Rubik’s Dice … that do it with out wanting. And there’s a pair alternative ways to do it. I got here up with a brand new method.”

Anderson, who majored in mathematical financial evaluation whereas at Rice College, defined how he doesn’t must depend on colours as a way to clear up the dice.

“It’s extra about memorization and just a little little bit of likelihood and a few math concerned,” Anderson mentioned. “So, do you guys keep in mind matrices from again within the day? … You quantity the dice off as when you have been numbering a cellphone. After which if you concentrate on sudoku, sudoku has 9 containers, every field has 9 smaller containers. You’re making an attempt to get one by way of 9 within the field whereas getting one by way of 9 throughout three containers — and, ideally, down three containers.

“So, if you concentrate on the dice, every particular person field you’ll be able to take into consideration as a sudoku field. So, as a substitute of the colours, you’ll be able to consider them as numbers, then you definately wrap the sudoku containers round in that dice type. After which you’ll be able to keep in mind the numbers as a result of they’re at all times correlated to a different facet with numbers.”

If Anderson’s present job as an offensive lineman doesn’t work out down the street, one has to suppose he can carve out a fairly attention-grabbing profession for himself in lots of math-related fields.