David Andrews: From undrafted center to Patriots pillar

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David Andrews: From undrafted center to Patriots pillar originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Through his leadership and work ethic, David Andrews epitomizes what it means to be a New England Patriot.

The Patriots center went from being undrafted in 2015 to anchoring New England's offensive line and helping his team to two Super Bowl titles. Today, he's a Patriots captain and one of the organization's most important players both on and off the field.

Andrews had to battle with Bryan Stork, a fourth-round draft pick, for the starting center job in 2016. He went on to start all 16 games for New England and earn his first Super Bowl championship, a thrilling 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Even more impressive than Andrews' accolades is the adversity he's overcome over the course of his football career.

After signing a three-year contract extension in 2017, Andrews was named a team captain for the first time in his career and was a key contributor en route to their second straight Super Bowl appearance, a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The following season, however, Andrews started in all 16 games once again and beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII for his second ring.

Even more impressive than Andrews' accolades is the adversity he's overcome over the course of his football career. In Aug. 2019, the 29-year-old was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism that ended his season and put his NFL future in doubt. Fortunately, he was able to overcome the setback and return to the Patriots in 2020.

Andrews signed a four-year, $19 million contract after the 2020 campaign to remain in New England. That means Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones can sleep well knowing that as he continues to develop these next few seasons, he'll have one of the most reliable centers in the league in front of him. That kind of presence on the offensive line and in the locker room certainly isn't taken for granted.

Learn more about Andrews in the video above, presented by VA.