Junior Galette

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Junior Galette
No. 58 Washington Redskins
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-03-27) March 27, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Montvale (NJ) St. Joseph
College: Stillman
Undrafted: 2010
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Tackles: 128
Sacks: 31.5
Forced fumbles: 5
Player stats at NFL.com

Junior Jovais Galette[1] (born March 27, 1988) is an American football outside linebacker for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Temple and Stillman.

Early and college career[edit]

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Galette came from an impoverished background.[2] His parents left the Caribbean for the United States when he was still an infant in search of a better life. They eventually raised enough money to bring Galette and his two older brothers over to New York.[3]

Galette graduated from Saint Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, New Jersey in 2006, then attended Temple University in Philadelphia, where he played three seasons for the Owls. He received honorable mention on the 2006 Sporting News Freshman All-American team as a linebacker. He switched to defensive end for his next two years. After being suspended from the team during his junior year,[2] he transferred to Division II Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for his final season, where he was named to the all-SIAC first team.[4]

Professional career[edit]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

Galette was not drafted in the 2010 draft and signed with the Saints as a free agent. His energetic play made him a fan favorite during the preseason, and after he blocked a punt and registered a two sacks in the Saints' final preseason game, Galette was selected for the Saints' 53-man regular season roster.[5][6]

In the 2013 season, Galette signed a 3-year deal worth up to 9 million dollars. Galette became the team's regular starter at outside linebacker under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and posted a breakout season with a team high 12 sacks.[7]

The following year on September 3, 2014, Galette signed a four-year contract extension worth $41.5 million.[3][8] He was selected by teammates as one of the defensive team captains for the 2014 season and played all 16 of the Saints' games that season and ended up getting 45 total tackles, 10 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles.[9] On July 24, 2015, Galette was officially released from the team.[10]

Washington Redskins[edit]

On July 31, 2015, Galette signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins.[11] On August 26, it was announced that he tore his Achilles tendon during practice and would miss the entire 2015 season.[12] He was officially placed on injured reserve on August 31.[13] On November 16, 2015, Galette was suspended for two weeks[14] for violating the league's personal conduct policy, coming from the domestic violence incident back in January.[15]

Galette re-signed with the Redskins on another one-year contract on March 15, 2016.[16] It was announced on July 25 that Galette tore his right Achilles tendon and would miss the entire 2016 season.[17]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2010 NO 4 4 4 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 NO 16 19 11 8 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 NO 12 20 17 3 5.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 NO 16 40 28 12 12.0 1 2 13 0 0 0 0 0 2
2014 NO 16 45 33 12 10.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Career 64 128 93 35 31.5 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

[18]

Key to Abbreviations

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Personal life[edit]

Galette has a son named Jovais.[2] Galette has had multiple run-ins with the law, including a domestic violence charge in early 2015 when he allegedly attacked a dancer who demanded cab money from him. However, all criminal and civil charges related to the incident were eventually dropped.[19] In 2013 he is alleged to have struck a woman who violently approached him with a belt during a beach brawl on Miami Beach that was caught on video and posted on YouTube but charges were never filed because the video clearly shows him defending himself.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com. 
  2. ^ a b c "New Orleans Saints' Junior Galette finds sense of security with four-year, $41.5 million contract extension". The Times-Picayune. September 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Junior Galette: 'Best week of my life'". ESPN. September 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ CBSSports.com draft profile (accessed 4 September 2010).
  5. ^ Triplett, Mike (September 2, 2010). "New Orleans Saints' Junior Galette makes good argument for roster spot in preseason finale". Times-Picayune. 
  6. ^ Nakia Hogan, "Undrafted rookie Junior Galette excited about making New Orleans Saints roster", Times-Picayune, September 3, 2010.
  7. ^ Triplett, Mike (December 12, 2013). "Exuberant Galette having breakout year". ESPN. 
  8. ^ "Junior Galette gets $41.5M extension". ESPN. September 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Junior Galette". 
  10. ^ Alper, Josh (24 July 2015). "Saints release Junior Galette". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Keim, John. "Redskins sign Junior Galette". ESPN. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Hanzus, Dan (August 26, 2015). "Redskins' Junior Galette tears Achilles in practice". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  13. ^ "8/31: Redskins Make Roster Moves". Redskins.com. August 31, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Adam Schefter on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  15. ^ "Washington's injured Junior Galette suspended two weeks". Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  16. ^ Czarda, Stephen (March 15, 2016). "Report: Redskins Re-Sign Linebacker Junior Galette". Redskins.com. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ Keim, John (July 25, 2016). "Redskins LB Junior Galette tears Achilles, out for season". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Junior Galette Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  19. ^ Jones, Mike (10 August 2015). "Woman's civil suit against Junior Galette is dismissed". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  20. ^ Wells, Adam. "Junior Galette's Lawyer Says Client Is Not Man Striking Woman with Belt in Video". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 

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