Once upon a time Junior Galette was Kasim Edebali. Or Seantavius Jones. Or Lawrence Virgil. Or Tobias Palmer.
Undrafted free agents, anonymous to most fans, knowing that their chances to make a lasting impression are both limited and dwindling, especially with the initial roster cut less than a week away, maybe even sooner for some of them.
Saints today. Gone tomorrow.
But not always.
“I had full confidence in myself that I belonged in this league,” said Gallette, who has gone from Division II Stillman College to being one of the NFL’s top pass rushing threats in just four years.
“I got up every morning saying, ‘I’m not going to be the guy who gets cut today.’
“You’ve got to have that edge, that chip on your shoulder. And you learn quickly that everything in this league is earned, not given.”
Still, Galette knows that not all of his current, and temporary, teammates from similar backgrounds are cut from the same cloth he is.