Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has already established himself as a starter heading into his second season. He led the Bengals in tackles with 127 last season even though he didn't start until Week 3.
But Burfict, who went undrafted last year, said he still carries a chip on his shoulder.
"That's going to last me throughout my career," Burfict said. "I think of that as motivation all day when I'm tired and fatigued. Thirty-two teams didn't want me, even the Bengals didn't want me. Sometimes I take my aggression out in practice and coaches get mad at me. Like Giovani (Bernard, rookie running back) said, it's making him better and play faster because he's aware that I'm coming."
Some could say most of the Bengals linebackers have a chip on their shoulders as well. Nine of the 11 linebackers on the roster went undrafted, including three of the top four on the depth chart: Burfict, James Harrison and former tryout player Emmanuel Lamur.
Burfict was once considered a first-round talent, but poor workouts and a questionable attitude eventually hurt his draft stock. He wasn't among the 253 players drafted in April 2012, and that included 33 linebackers taken.
According to Burfict, the Baltimore Ravens were the one other AFC North who expressed interest in him. He had a visit with team officials at the NFL combine. The Ravens, who had two young linebackers at the time in Jameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe, passed on him.
"Obviously, they weren't too interested in me," Burfict said. "Everything plays out for a reason. I play them two times now. It's revenge."