Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux knows a thing or two about being let go.
Since coming into the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2018, Mondeaux has found himself getting waived three times; first with the New Orleans Saints, then with Kansas City Chiefs, and once with the Steelers. Giving up a dream to play in the NFL after these occurrences would be understandable. Instead, Mondeaux's response what to continue working to improve his craft.
As one of the standouts during this year's training camp, Mondeaux displayed growth in his skillset from a year ago. Despite not making the active roster, it was inevitable that his opportunity would arrive sooner than later.
Since being promoted to the active roster on October 23rd, Mondeaux has played a significant role in the success of the defensive unit. Though his statistics may not reflect his many contributions, he has added stability to a defensive line, whose depth has been tested this season due to injuries.
Even with the return of veteran lineman Tyson Alualu, Mondeaux's role within the defensive unit has not diminished, as he continues to receive snaps on defense and special teams. For a team who prides themselves on employing the 'next man up' mentality, Mondeaux is proven to be more valuable than he would have ever imagined.