Growing up in the city featuring the team that has won the most Stanley Cups ever in what many consider the national sport, Bruno Labelle chose football.
He wasn’t alone – LaBelle said in Montreal, there are the “hockey” guys and the “football” guys – but reaching his dream in the NFL was going to be more difficult because of it.
LaBelle has made it, at least this far. One of four undrafted rookies the Cardinals signed in May, LaBelle is hoping to break into a tight end room that has plenty of opportunity. The position’s leading pass catcher, Dan Arnold, left in free agency. Veteran starter Maxx Williams and Darrell Daniels are back, but beyond that?
Ian Bunting and Ross Travis are two “veterans.” Like LaBelle, Cary Angeline is an undrafted rookie. The most recognizable name is Bernhard Seikovits, and that’s only because the Austrian received the spotlight for arriving in the NFL’s international player program.
It was not surprising to hear coach Kliff Kingsbury say earlier this month “we will try to add depth there at some point.”
Because LaBelle went to the University of Cincinnati, he’s not considered an international player like Seikovits, although when he first arrived in college he needed to learn English after speaking French growing up.