Whatever faults the NFL and the Houston Texans find with free-agent wide receiver Joe Anderson, his determination will not be among them.
Standing outside NRG Stadium, the graduate of Texas Southern University in Houston is petitioning the Texans for a tryout opportunity after brief stints with the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles from 2012 to 2014.
Clearly, Anderson is doing more than just standing around. In fact, he's still keeping in football form, doing drills and working out, as evidenced by his Instagram account.
At the bare minimum, it's admirable that three years after going undrafted, Anderson is still putting in the time and effort to pursue his pro football career.
While it may be unlikely, the least the Texans, currently in a bye week, could do is give him a try (catch-off against DeAndre Hopkins, anyone?).
Why Anderson is willingly campaigning to be on the receiving end of one of the league's perpetually worst quarterback situations is a separate issue altogether.
---------Update: Tuesday, December 22--------------------------
Although Anderson's determination (and crafty sign) didn't pay off with the Houston Texans, it apparently struck a cord elsewhere.
The wide receiver and his agent Damarius Bilbo, a retired NFL player, confirmed Tuesday that the New York Jets signed Anderson to their practice squad (h/t For The Win).
"Most people won’t do something like that because they don’t want to be talked about," Anderson told For The Win in early December. "What will people back home say? 'Oh he was in the league, now he’s not.' You shouldn’t be worried about what people think."
Perhaps Anderson had a point. But when something like his sign gets people talking—negative or positive—it could spark a chain reaction, culminating in something as great as a renewed chance in the NFL.