Joe Anderson is an example of persistence paying off. For six weeks, the former NFL player stood outside of the Houston Texans practice facility yearning for his second chance at playing professionally.
The Texas Southern University alum played nine games for the Bears between 2012 and 2013 but according to The NY Daily News, Anderson “does not have a catch recorded in the NFL.”
That didn’t stop the 27-year-old from believing football is his God-given talent. The cardboard sign that he proudly held outside of the stadium read, “Not homeless, but starving for success.” He also used the hashtags, #WillRunRoutes4food,” “WhateverIttakes,” “Underdog,” “Ibelieve” and “Hungry.”
#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
The husband and father of two unapologetically documented his mission to get back into the NFL on social media.
An excerpt from one of his extensive Instagram posts said: “#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’m outside the Houston Texans facility every morning, because I know 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!!”
We also loved this line from his caption, “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…”
Unfortunately, Anderson didn’t get a spot on the Texas team. The virality of his social media post did however catch the attention of the NY Jets and he was recently signed to their practice squad. A positive step towards getting back on the field.
“Thank you Jesus for blessing me and my family with this job for Christmas! Now it’s time to continue to work with all my heart and help make this team better and be the best teammate I can be to all my brothers in that locker room.”
Congrats Joe! Beauties, what goals are you working towards in the New Year?
THANK YOU JESUS ‼️ (#18) TheJourneyOfTheReturn MY PRAYER IS THAT IM BEING THE BEST LIGHT POSSIBLE FOR THOSE OUT THERE WHO ARE FOLLOWING ME AND OR READY TO QUIT, CAUSE I UNDERSTAND I MAY BE THE ONLY HOPE SOME OF THESE KIDS OUT HERE HAVE AND I TAKE PRIDE IN THAT, AND THATS ONE THING THAT ENCOURAGES ME TO NOT QUIT NO MATTER HOW HARD ITS BEEN FOR ME!! Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will always succeed according to his perfect will!! The bible says all things are possible through Christ, no matter your situation you must always remain faithful and obedient unto the Lord and when the going gets super tuff remember to always Walk By #Faith and not by #Sight!! #DontGetImpatientWhenItTakesToLong #OwnYourStruggle And truly trust God without wavering..God can change your situation just like that so you need to be ready!! Glory to God! And I'm so very grateful from the bottom of my heart of the entire @nyjets organization for taking a chance on a kid with literally just a couple dollars and a dream and a heart to prove to others who give up on themselves in life that it's truly possible! The Jets is my favorite team and I can honestly say I never had one Thank you Jesus for blessing me and my family with this job for Christmas! Now it's time to continue to work with all my heart and help make this team better and be the best teammate I can be to all my brothers in that locker room 1luv✊🏾! #DONTQUIT #YourCloserThanYouThink #GodWillKeepHisPromises I'm a living testimony🙌🏾 the word of God is real you just gotta Believe!! Also feels good to be back with my big brother @bmarshall our relationship runs deep! I can't Say it enough GOD IS GOOD
Football Player Who Stood Outside Of A Stadium Begging For A Job Gets His Christmas Miracle was originally published on hellobeautiful.com