A number of people have represented the Acadiana area in the National Football League.

All summer long, we’re going to spotlight the fantastic athletes from the area, people that were actually born in one of the Acadiana parishes, that went on to play football at the highest level, the NFL.

Yesterday, we profiled Lafayette native Joe Thomas.

Today, we spotlight Lafayette native Sheldon Andrus.

Born on October 5, 1962 in Lafayette, Andrus attended Port Barre High School.

Following his high school years, Andrus went to college at Nicholls St., where he was a standout defensive lineman.

The 6-foot-2, 271-pound Andrus was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 1986.

Andrus made his NFL debut in December of 1986, when the Saints fell to the Minnesota Vikings, 33-17.

That would be the only game in which Andrus would play for the Saints in 1986.

The following season, 1987, saw Andrus appear in three games, while starting one, all in the month of October of that season.

Andrus never played in the NFL again.

In parts of two seasons in the NFL, Andrus would appear in 4 games, all at defensive tackle, including one start.

Today, Andrus is 54-years old.

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