METAIRIE, La. Junior Galette has always been one to sport a big smile, but never quite large as it was Wednesday afternoon.
Galette's teammates swarmed as he entered the locker room, congratulating him just moments after he inked his new four-year, $41.5 million deal, $23 million of which is reportedly guaranteed.
The new contract won't break the bank for the team, yet sufficiently rewards a player who wanted nothing more than to take care of his son and finish his career in New Orleans.
'How much is enough?' said the Haitian-born Galette. 'I feel like if you're not content what with they gave me then you'll never be content. I'm content with just myself. I was content when I was broke in the slums of Haiti with nothing to eat on and now I'm here so I'm just more happy.'
It's been a tremendous week for Galette, who also was selected by his teammates on Monday as one of two defensive captains.
'This is the best day of my life,' he said. 'The New Orleans Saints just won a championship just four or five years ago and we still got a few guys there. I'm captain with Drew Brees, future Hall of Famer. Obviously, I have Hall of Fame dreams as well, but his is already written in stone.
'It feels great. This is the best week of my life.'
As an undrafted free agent from Stillman College, Galette has always played with a chip on his shoulder, which, he said, won't change now that he's signed his lucrative deal.
'I'm motivated by pride, not money,' he said. 'If I was motivated by money, then I don't feel like I'd be performing like I've been doing for the other deals I've been on. It's my pride, my determination to be the best I can be at my position.'
Galette is out to prove he's among the game's best and that his 12 sacks of a season ago were no fluke.
'I definitely wasn't a front-runner,' he said.'I wasn't born with a silver-spoon in my mouth either. I knew what it feels like to have a chip on your shoulder. Keep grinding, and it's going to get there. I believed in that. When people didn't believe in me, I believed in myself. And that's all that mattered.'
Despite a breakout season last year, Galette still feels disrespected by people outside New Orleans, specifically the national media.He's also still sore about not being selected to the Pro Bowl last season.
Unlike many players around the league, Galette pays close attention to what is written and said about him. Nothing escapes him, including when his name left off 'any of the rankings.'
'Until people start giving me recognition, I'm always going to keep going hard -- even after they do, I'm still going to go as hard as I can, see where I can go.'