It’s great to see someone enjoy the rewards of hard work. New Orleans Saints special teams ace J.T. Gray was honored on the All-Pro first team list from the Associated Press for his efforts during the 2021 season, having paced the team with 19 tackles in the kicking game — the best of his career. Gray was selected for the All-Pro second team in 2019, when he also got into the Pro Bowl as an alternate. Now he’s made the cut for both all-star lists outright.
And he’s taken a hard road to get here. Originally signed by New Orleans as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State, Gray outworked some players who were drafted to make the opening-day roster in 2018. He’s since been voted a team captain and has begun to rack up postseason accolades like this All-Pro placement, with the 18 votes in his favor leading his position group. Good for him.
Additionally, Saints linebacker Demario Davis was listed on the All-Pro second team (receiving 10 votes), ranking behind Micah Parsons (46), Darius Leonard (44), and De’Vondre Campbell (18), tying with Roquan Smith (10). Two other Saints players received All-Pro votes this year, both defenders: free safety Marcus Williams (3) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore (1).
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