“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.
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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