Recently signed DE Wallace Gilberry formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs. Whom some feel is a near lock to make the Buccaneers 53-man roster after second-year DE Da’Quan Bowers suffered an Achilles injury during off-season conditioning is showing why he was signed.
By all accounts he’s a scrappy player who has clawed tooth and nail, to persevere and realize his dream of playing in the NFL. Gilberry returned to his hometown to give back to Baldwin County youth. To hold his first Wallace Gilberry football camp at Spanish Fort High School in Alabama.
An undrafted player out of Alabama in 2008 Gilberry has registered 14 sacks in his NFL career. He has appeared in 53 games, starting in three of them during his tenure with the Chiefs. Even though he was brought in to help bolster an anemic pass rush, more than just his playing experience and his pass rush prowess will be counted on this coming season. He personifies head coach Greg Schiano’s “Buccaneer Way” and “Buccaneer Men” fundamental core beliefs both on and off the field.
He’s not listening to the masses who feel he’s a shoo-in. Instead he’s preparing to arrive in Tampa looking to fight for a roster spot.
“I’m excited to go back down there and fight for a roster spot,” Gilberry told Tommy Hicks of AL.com. “That’s how I look at it. Some people say, ‘You’re a shoo-in,’ but to me, I’m fighting for a roster spot. I’m fighting for the opportunity to impress the coaching staff and show them they got the right guy. That’s how the game is. It always changes and change is good. The staff they have in place is definitely a good staff and they’re going in the right direction with it.”