Initially excelling on special teams after signing with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent in 2010, Galette has become a pass-rushing threat in the club’s defensive line rotation. In 2013, he enjoyed a breakout season, recording 50 tackles (32 solo), 12 sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. His takedown total was the second-highest single-season total by an undrafted player in Saints record books. The Haiti native has continued to show significant growth. Through his first four seasons, he has appeared in 48 games with 17 starts and has career totals of 101 tackles (66 solo), 21.5 sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 11 special teams stops.
NFL CAREER – Initially excelling on special teams after signing with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent in 2010, Galette has become a pass-rushing threat in the club’s defensive line rotation. In 2013, he enjoyed a breakout season, recording 50 tackles (32 solo), 12 sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. His takedown total was the second-highest single-season total by an undrafted player in Saints record books. The Haiti native has continued to show significant growth. Through his first four seasons, he has appeared in 48 games with 17 starts and has career totals of 101 tackles (66 solo), 21.5 sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 11 special teams stops.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms on a three-year contract, 3/19/13; Signed by New Orleans as an undrafted free agent, 5/5/10.
HONORS – 2013: USA Today All-Joe; Jim Finks Good Guy Award (cooperation with local media).
2013 – Set career highs in tackles (50), sacks (12), passes defensed (3) and fumble recoveries (2) as he appeared in all 16 regular season games with 15 starts at OLB. Also notched one forced fumble on the year…Sack total ranked second on the team as both he and defensive end Cameron Jordan became the first Saints duo to record double-digit sacks since 2004 (defensive ends Charles Grant and Darren Howard). Takedown total was the second-highest by an undrafted player as a Saint…Finished ranked fourth in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in sacks and tied for fifth in the conference and sixth in the league in defensive fumble recoveries…Posted a quarterback takedown of Falcons QB Matt Ryan in the season opener vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8…Recovered a fumble forced by Jordan and added four stops (three solo) at Tampa Bay, Sept, 16…Posted four tackles (two solo), one takedown of Cardinals QB Carson Palmer and one pass defensed vs. Arizona, Sept. 22…Made four stops (two solo), one sack of Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill and one pass defense vs. Miami, Sept. 30…Recorded a career-high seven tackles (six solo), one takedown of Bills QB Thad Lewis and made a fumble recovery vs. Buffalo, Oct. 27…Made three tackles (two solo) and one sack of QB Geno Smith at N.Y. Jets, Nov. 3…Registered two tackles (one solo) and one takedown of 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick vs. San Francisco, Nov. 17…Set a career-high with three sacks of Panthers QB Cam Newton, to go with six tackles, vs. Carolina, Dec. 8…Finished with two solo tackles and one sack of Newton at Carolina, Dec. 22…Had his second multiple-takedown game of season and fourth of career in regular season finale vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 29, when he made four stops (three solo) and two sacks of Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon…Started both postseason contests and recorded three tackles (one solo). 2012 – Appeared in 12 games with one start at left defensive end at Denver, Oct. 28, and registered 22 tackles (18 solo), five sacks, one forced fumble and four special teams stops…Sack total was third on the club…Had two sacks, forcing a fumble on one vs. Kansas City, Sept. 23…Set a then career-high with six solo tackles and chipped in a sack at Tampa Bay, Oct. 21. 2011 – Appeared in all 16 regular season games and finished third on the club with 4.5 sacks, while adding 27 tackles (15 solo), a pass defense and three special teams stops…Appeared in two games with one start in playoffs and recorded an assisted tackle….Recorded three tackles (two solo) and split a sack of QB Aaron Rodgers with S Roman Harper for his first career takedown in the NFL opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8…Tied for the team lead with Harper in recording two takedowns of QB Jay Cutler vs. Chicago, Sept. 18…Recorded five tackles (two solo) and finished with a late sack of Lions QB Matthew Stafford vs. Detroit, Dec. 4. 2010 – Appeared in four regular season games and recorded two tackles (one solo) and four special teams stops…In NFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Seattle, 1/8/11, recorded one special teams tackle.
COLLEGE – Played one season at Division II Stillman, where as a senior in 2009, he earned second-team All-American honors with 56 tackles and 9.5 sacks…Played in 31 games at Temple before transferring for his senior year, and tallying 139 tackles with 16.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one blocked punt for the Owls…Posted 7.5 sacks as a junior and gained second-team All-MAC plaudits.
PERSONAL – Prepped at St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) HS, where he played LB and WR and was a basketball standout…Participated in Rebuilding Together’s “Kickoff to Rebuild” event prior to Super Bowl XLVII in Algiers, where he assisted in painting the front of several renovated and rehabilitated houses for local residents and served as a celebrity judge for a barbeque competition…Junior Jovais Galette was born March 27, 1988 in Port Au Prince, Haiti.
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier chats with LB Junior Galette after his strong performance in the team's 26-24 NFC Wild Card win against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, January 4, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, January 2, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette speaks with Saints senior writer John DeShazier after the team's game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, December 22, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints DE Junior Galette talks with reporters on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)