Ex-NFL Player Who 'Begged' For A Job Allegedly Signs With Jets' Practice Squad

"I’m hungry, I’m determined and I will do whatever it takes to succeed."

“Not homeless … but STARVING for success!!! Will run routes 4 food.”

So read the sign held up by receiver Joe Anderson in the first week of November, as he stood outside the Houston Texans’ training center, just paces away from its entrance. Anderson had gone unselected in the 2012 NFL draft and enjoyed just a short stint with the Chicago Bears before an injury in 2014 effectively shut down his career before it could truly begin.

#NothingWillStopMe Lord it's all in your hands, all I know is that I believe it by faith and see it all happening even when it looks like a joke before the eyes of man! I fill myself with humility and say let your Will be done and use me to allow others to believe in your power!!!! Im not looking at my situation with a worldly mindset and that's what's gonna seperate me my hunger can't be matched my heart can't be compared too, I'm outside the Houston Texans facility every morning, because I kno what type of gift God has blessed me with!!! A lot of people don't really live out the meaning #WhateverItTakes they just sayin it!!! You gotta really live that junk if you say it and believe in yourself and trust in the Lord, and living it don't just mean hold up a sign!! Oh there is much pain behind holding this sign an it's not from bein doubted or the underdog, like how bad do you really want it?? Forget a publicity stunt Boyz is Really HUNGRY out hur dawg to the point if the coach wanna line up I'll route him up too, to the point if it's special teams an the REF get in the way I'll hit him too!! It's something flickering in my head everyday with much Humility and WILL power to go the extra mile when it come to believing in myself and proven all doubters wrongI'm not just chasing greatness for myself/family but for all the people that lack faith and wanna quit and don't believe God still moves, DAWG if you gotta DREAM GO GET THAT!! Let ZERO What If's stand in the way go to the grave on E, not off what someone told you you can't do...Create and tell your testimony don't be ashamed of it, do it all for the glory of the kingdom take yourself outta the picture I'm out here on FAITH, it's bigger than just collecting a check to me straight up! The way I do what I do and why I do what I do isn't just to score touchdowns and gain fame that's far from the case I don't need all that cause I'm already famous in spirit an you can't get no famous than that, when I get my shot you'll see what the Lord is truly about to do in my life and I pray wit all my heart it inspires you to never Give up.When your purpose means more than your situation God will give you favor #TAGandREPOST

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That's why, in early November, he decided to do whatever it took to get back onto the gridiron. That's why he humbled himself to “beg,” in a very public manner, for another shot at a professional football career. And that’s why former teammate Brandon Marshall took up Anderson’s cause, sharing his story and writing on Instagram that Anderson was “one of the hardest working guys I’ve had the pleasure of playing with.”

Now it’s late December. And now, Anderson allegedly has a job.

The good news came on Tuesday, when the New York Jets reportedly offered Anderson a place on their practice squad, per the National Football Post.

“All I want is a shot to prove myself,” Anderson told the NFPost’s Aaron Wilson over the phone. “I’m hungry, I’m determined and I will do whatever it takes to succeed. I just want a chance. I will never give up. I love this game … I’m determined to show what I can do.”

It's been just about six weeks since he first held up that sheet of cardboard, declaring that his "hunger [could] not be matched," and as of today, the alleged Jet can finally set the sign aside. His story spread like wildfire, and now his belief and persistence has officially paid off. Congratulations, Anderson. It’s well-deserved.


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