Robert Gallery: Patriots a new start after career “hasn’t been ideal”


Prior to the 2004 NFL draft, Iowa offensive tackle Robert Gallery was considered the surest of the sure things on the draft board. Gallery, who went second overall to the Raiders after Eli Manning went first, was almost unanimously viewed as both the safest bet on the board and the most likely player in that draft class to develop into a Pro Bowler.

As it turned out, Gallery was the only player of the first eight drafted that year who hasn’t made a Pro Bowl. Gallery has been a starter for his entire NFL career, but instead of becoming the franchise left tackle everyone expected, he’s been a better fit at guard, and he’s had a hard time staying healthy.

Gallery will turn 32 this summer, but he doesn’t see himself as being on the down side of his career. Instead, Gallery thinks that signing with the Patriots in March gives him his best chance to end his career on his terms.

“Obviously it hasn’t been ideal, but you play with the cards you are dealt and I’m just glad for the opportunity to come to a place like this and still know that I’ve got a lot left in me,” Gallery told the Boston Herald.

Gallery knows he’s viewed as a disappointment considering the expectations, but he says he’s past that.

“If you are drafted high then you are going to have a lot put on you,” Gallery said. “I mean it is what it is, that was a long time ago. Honestly I don’t really care. I’m going to come out and do the things that I know I can do and do the best with the situation that I’m in. You come in and whatever people think of you, to me it doesn’t really matter.”

In New England, Gallery thinks he’ll be a good fit, and a starter.

“It was a good fit for both of us,” Gallery said. “I’ve been told that they are going to put the best five guys on the field. I’m going to be one of the best five guys, that’s my goal.”

Being one of the best five guys on the Patriots isn’t quite the same as being the best offensive lineman in the entire league, which is how he was projected before the 2004 draft. But starting on a playoff team would be a first for Gallery, and he has a good chance to do that in New England.

31 responses to “Robert Gallery: Patriots a new start after career “hasn’t been ideal”

  1. Man, time flies. Hard to believe he has been in the league that long, and he is already 32.

    Seems like it was only a couple of seasons ago he was drafted.

  2. You rarely see such a great prospect, with a great combine workout, have such a disappointing career.

  3. The only time he played LT was when Raiders had Art Shell running his 1970’s offense with Aaron Brooks and Andrew Walker at QB. Its hard to judge… Gallery when healthy was a top 5 OG though. Best of luck to him in NE.

  4. One of the worst picks in Raider History, and a huge bust..Al Davis passed on Ben Rothlisberger , Phillip Rivers, Sean Taylor and Larry Fitzgerald… a disastrous pick, passing on 2 players (Rivers and Rothelisberger , who could’ve literally saved the franchise.

    Hindsight is 20/20, but this guy literally heralded the end of the Raiders run….the 2nd round pick that followed him C Jake Grove is no longer in the league.

    Good riddance.


  5. he better do something,

    bc the day the Raiders drafted that man he hasent done JACK SQUAT – chris farley

    at the same time he was a pro bowl mention a few years ago under Cable,

    but went to the Seahawks in free agency along with Zach Miller for the big bucks,

    howd that work out ?

  6. That big rookie contract you got was ideal for you wasn’t it?

    Some guys (who may not have always had a strong love for the game) get that first big paycheck and they lose the fire necessary to play their best, and to work their hardest. Steak and lobster each night doesn’t contribute to playing with a chip on your shoulder.

  7. “I’ve been told that they are going to put the best five guys on the field. I’m going to be one of the best five guys, that’s my goal.”

    Mr. Gallery, excuse my skepticism but we hear that from at least 1 veteran free agent a year here in New England. Prove it.

  8. He’s still in the league at 32 years of age. He’s still a serviceable lineman who can compete for a starting spot. Sure he’s a bust relative to the expectations placed on him but he could have done a lot worse.

  9. When healthy, he’s a mauler and outstanding run blocker… odd fit for New England’s pass-first offense. He’s a marginal pass blocker, at best, and he’s going to need help from whoever’s playing LT. Good guy, very charitable, not going to end up in police reports, but disappointing pro career. He’s probably hurt the draft stock of more Iowa Left Tackles than anyone else – they’ll probably all get measured against his T-Rex arms

  10. The term bust is used rather loosely, I don’t view someone who has been a starter since he entered the league as a bust. JaMarcus Russell is a bust, along with Ryan Leaf. Sometimes a player gets put into a bad situation and just can’t get out of it. The fault is the franchise, they put too much stock into these rookies and expect from the beginning that they should be pro bowlers. Carson Palmer and Donovan McNabb among others flourished when allowed to gradually move into starter. Give them time to mature, baptism by fire usually isn’t the best recipe for success.

  11. It’ll be an uphill battle for Gallery to break the starting line-up, especially if Mankins is going to make it into camp and Waters showing up.

    I see him as a back-up guard, not sure if he’s ahead on Connelly or not on the depth chart.

    Anyway it’ll make for good competition regardless, and judging from his girth he may need some. Can’t wait to see if he passes BB’s conditioning test.

  12. yea the Pats put the best players out there except when they benched Steven Ridley in the Superbowl for a meaningless fumble and went with those other bums at running back and only scored 17 points

  13. After all these extremely high draft busts, the faiders have to be considered the worst drafting team of all time.

    Considering how many picks they’ve blatently given away due to stupidity, they still manage to draft like a downs syndrome kid with a dart board, blindfolded.

    The number of terrible picks are too many to mention, but the highlights are Jabustus, Gallery, DHB, McFadden and on and on.

    This franchise is a trainwreck.

  14. Have to laugh at Gallery who told the raiders that he wanted 10 million per season last year before he signed with the seahawks. Raiders offered him 4.5, and now he signs for 1….lmao.

    hey slickster 35 say what you want but at least when we draft guys, they don’t refuse to play unless they are traded……if raiders are a train wreck, the chargers are an armagideon

  15. Belichick had a man crush on Al Davis, that’s why he’s always poaching exRAIDERS. Trevor Scott and Gallery just this year. Robert will be a backup guard in NE.

    @slickster: By far, you have the funniest posts. All the nonsense you spew is hilarious. The fact you are a charger fan is all the more entertaining. Remember, the next big game (SB) the chargers win will be their first. Don’t forget that…

  16. Poor, poor journalism. I’m not usually one to judge this site because I read It every day and enjoy most articles. But this “hook” so innaprriately represents the article.. It’s sad. Sad like those awful celebrity magazines that paraphrase a misleading comment and use it as a title. We all understand you’re reaching for views but seriously? Most of these articles are viewed, attach “Patriots” to it and it’s a sure thing. This was an F- lead. Freshman in college would lose letter grades for a similar gaffe. I expect better from you guys.


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