The journey from undrafted free agent to making the 53-man roster has been nothing short of an amazing experience for former St. Charles area football star Calvin Munson.
Munson, a 6-1, 241-pound former Francis Howell and San Diego State linebacker, recently made the New Giants 53-man roster and is getting the chance to live out a dream he has had since he was youngster.
“It feels good and I’m definitely blessed to be with the Giants and just have the opportunity to go out there, compete and yeah, it’s been a lot of fun,” Munson said.
Making the final 53-man roster was not a certainty for Munson until Sept. 2 as the National Football League’s final cut down day arrived.
” I didn’t know for sure I was on the roster until that Saturday afternoon when I didn’t get a call,” Munson said.
Being a long shot to make the club at the start of training camp, Munson said he had to develop a hard-nosed, can-do attitude early in order to successfully navigate the rigors of camp.
“Coming as an undrafted free-agent, you kind of start off at the bottom and you kind of get that chip on your shoulder being undrafted and know you’ve got to work hard and knowing you’ve got to get better every day and give your all just show and prove that you belong there,” Munson said.
Munson began to prove he belonged on Aug. 15 when during a practice with the first team defense, he stopped running back Orleans Darkwa four yards deep in the backfield on a red-zone run play.
” A few guys were getting banged up that day so I kind of had to go in and I was kind of the next guy up, so I was able to maximize some opportunities then,” Munson said. “I made some mistakes, but I think they saw some improvement and we had some guys banged up, so I was just trying to be the next guy they could count on.”
The Giants have been counting on him since then. He is contributing consistently as a backup linebacker and on special teams.
In the Giants 2017 opener in Dallas on Sunday night, local fans got to watch number 46 put in work on the field, on the punt coverage team, punt return team, kickoff team, and kick-off return teams.
It was definitely the way Munson wanted to get his rookie season started. “It felt good, I definitely have some things to work on but it was a great time,” Munson said.
Munson is a strong believer in a higher power, and he felt all along he would land in the right place as far as his football future was concerned.
“I’m a faith-based guy, so this whole-process, I believe he (God) had a plan for me no matter what it was,” Munson said. “So now I kind of see his plan come into place and I just want to keep living it out and keep glorifying him.”