David Andrews entered the league back in 2015 as an undrafted agent. He went on to play for the New England Patriots, and has since earned the starting spot on the offensive line. Since he plays center, his snapping the football to Tom Brady defines how the whole game will play out.
After having an amazing few years in the league with the Patriots, Andrews decided to come forward and share his experience with the new young prospects entering the league this year. He explained:
“I knew it was probably going to be a long shot. Just fortunate that coach Belichick gave me a shot. I don’t know if I would’ve dreamed that. I was just trying to learn how to play football at that point. It seemed like everything I thought I knew, I didn’t. No, I don’t think you can sit there and say … I hoped I would be here and I’d do everything I could to be here five years later, but you’ve got to do that every year in and out and if you don’t then they’ll move on.”
He went on to explained that your draft status doesn’t hold as much weight as you think:
“No, it really doesn’t matter. As long as you get your foot in the door. Whether you’re a free agent, undrafted guy or free agent coming from another team and just got your foot in the door you just got to in and earn your position, earn your keep, earn your role on this team. That’s what it comes down to. You’re going to earn your role or you’re going to earn your position whatever it is. Everyone’s starting from ground zero and that competition stays throughout the year. I think that helps you develop, pushes yourself. Competition makes us all better.”
To sum up, Andrews told young players that all they need to do is take it day by day.