As NFL training camps get set to open across the United States, one more Canadian has put pen to paper and made his pro football dream a reality.

Defensive tackle Neville Gallimore, the pride of Ottawa, officially signed his rookie contract in Dallas. The deal will pay $4.7 million over four years, with almost $1 million in the form of a signing bonus.

Highly touted throughout the draft process, Gallimore fell to the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft and was selected 82nd overall by the Cowboys. It was part of a Dallas draft that was widely considered one of the best in the league, with Gallimore being a high value steal.

The Ottawa native became a full-time starter with the University of Oklahoma Sooners in his junior season and produced 79 tackles with seven sacks over the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He also forced five fumbles and knocked down two passes during his NCAA career, wreaking havoc along the line of scrimmage.

Gallimore produced elite numbers at the NFL combine, posting 23 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and completed the 40-yard dash in 4.79 seconds. That’s extreme speed for a lineman who measures in at six-foot-two and 305 pounds.

He now joins fellow defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford and veteran long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur as Canadians entrenched on America’s Team.

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