Ex-NFLer at Stadium With 'Starving' Sign Gets Signed

Joe Anderson's viral image worked
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2015 12:00 PM CST
Ex-NFLer at Stadium With 'Starving' Sign Gets Signed
Chicago Bears special teams player Joe Anderson (19) celebrates after a tackle in the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Joe Anderson was starving (for success) and hungry (for a job playing football), so he stood outside the Houston Texans' stadium with a cardboard sign for a few days six weeks ago, ESPN reports—and it worked. "Not homeless ... but STARVING for success," read the sign, which went viral after Anderson posted a picture of himself holding it on Instagram. "Will Run Routes 4 food," it continued, along with the hashtags #Whateverittakes, #UnderDog, #IBelieve, and #Hungry. On Tuesday, Anderson was signed to the New York Jets' practice squad.

Anderson was first signed by the Chicago Bears back in 2012, but injuries ended his season early in 2013. He was signed with the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2014 offseason, but didn't have a job this season. His former Bears teammate, Brandon Marshall, who is now a Jet, was moved by Anderson's Instagram post, responding that Anderson, 27, is "one of the hardest-working guys I've had the pleasure of playing with." (More NFL stories.)

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