It’s fair to say Katy has produced some talented sports stars down the years, from the likes of Tyler Myers at the Vancouver Canucks to Sage Northcutt who has enjoyed a number of fights in the UFC.
But Katy’s finest exports often end up in the NFL and there are a number of pro footballers playing their trade across the country during this current 2020/21 season.
As we head towards the postseason, we decided to take a look at some of Katy’s finest and how they’re looking…
Andy Dalton joined the Dallas Cowboys this year after almost a decade at the Cincinatti Bengals and he’s one of just 10 quarterbacks to have thrown over 3,000 yards in each of his first three seasons.
He’s a three time Pro Bowl squad member but this season has been playing second fiddle to Dak Prescott as his backup.
He did enter the field on Week 5 for the first time though, enjoying 111 passing yards in a 37-34 win. He’s played a couple of times since, although has missed weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.
In Week 11, he threw 203 yards and three touchdowns to defeat the Minnesota Vikings. There’s talk that he will return for the Cowboys in 2021, with many calling for his contract to be renewed and there is still a chance for him to make an impression yet, with the Cowboys still in the hunt to make the postseason.
It will be a big ask though. They’re currently 14th in the NFC and bottom of the NFC East. Many sportsbooks are still offering prices on them though.
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The Houston Texans have already been eliminated from play-off contention, with the Kansas City Chiefs the big favorites with the sportsbooks to not just win the AFC Championship but also the Super Bowl come February for the second successive time.
There’s plenty of time for Cullen Gillaspia though, the Katy born star who studied at Taylor High School. At 25 he’s in just his second season in the NFL with the Texans, and the fullback has already impressed so early into his career, enjoying 12 snaps on offense during his first season and making a crucial block in last year’s AFC wild card game, which the Texans went on to win 22-19 in overtime.
He’s on the injured reserve list at present, meaning his season will peter out with no postseason to play for.
Next year could be a big one for him though and if he stays fit, we could see plenty more of the Texans star as his career begins to develop.
Elsewhere in Pro Football
Elsewhere across pro football, Bo Levi Mitchell will be keen to get going again, with the quarterback playing in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders, where he has won the Grey Cup twice, as well as being named the MVP during both those games.
He’s a regular all-star in the Canadian Football League, but he is without a game for some time due to the CFL 2020 season being cancelled due to the pandemic.
That means he won’t see the field of play until June of 2021 in what has been a major blow for sport in Canada.
Rodney Anderson has also not had the best of things this term after being released from the Bengals after just one season. He battled with injury, suffering a torn ACL in his final preseason game last year. He was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list in June 2020, before being released in August.
It’s hoped the former Katy High School student can continue what was a promising start to his career, but injury has followed him and it could be tough for him to get that fitness back and find a pro contract.