Jets bring in wide receiver who held sign in bid for NFL job
The New York Jets on Tuesday signed Joe Anderson, 27, to the team’s practice squad, a little over a month after the out-of-work wide receiver received national attention for posting a photo of himself on Instagram holding up a sign in an effort to find an NFL job.
Anderson’s unconventional bid to land another job in professional football featured him holding a sign outside the Houston Texans practice facility about six weeks ago that read in part: “Not homeless … but STARVING for success!” The sign also included the hashtags #JoeAnderson, #Whateverittakes, #UnderDog, #Hungry and #IBelieve.
#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
Anderson was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Southern in 2012 and spent parts of two seasons with the team, playing primarily on special teams. He spent some time on the Philadelphia Eagles roster in 2014 and spent some time in the CFL. He has been out of a job in football this entire season.
He will rejoin former Bears teammate Brandon Marshall, who praised Anderson for his efforts to get back into football in an Instagram post, writing, “Wow, that’s humility right there.”
“Some may call him #crazy,” Marshall continued. “Hell, I had to stop and really see his strength in this. I watched this guy grow so much. JOE you’re the kinda of guy I want to play with. You’re the guy I want in my FOXHOLE. I don’t care if it’s covering kicks. #mindovermatter.”