Kansas City Chiefs DE Wallace Gilberry is finally getting noticed.
Yahoo Sports has named Gilberry to their “All-Unlikely Team.”
Gilberry is the ultimate “Un” player: Unlikely, undrafted and undersized, but often plays more than either former top draft picks Glenn Dorsey(notes) or Tyson Jackson(notes). At 6-foot-2, 268 pounds, Gilberry technically plays defensive end, but it’s in a 3-4 system, so I’ll take some liberties and put him at tackle. Gilberry has proven to be plenty tough enough against the run and even has flashed some pass-rush skill with four sacks this year and 4 ½ last season.
A couple of years ago when I was writing a post making fun of some of KC’s useless players, I included Gilberry in there. I said something like “we want 47 sacks this year and we want them all from Wallace Gilberry.” I even gave him his current nickname, Wallace “Don’t Call Me Dingle” Gilberry.
Yet Gilberry has proved he is more than just a backup with a silly name. He is arguably the Chiefs second best pass rusher behind Tamba Hali and has been very productive with limited playing time.
Congratulations Wallace. You’ve earned it brother.