After going undrafted in 2007, he went back to Tempe, and was preparing for life after football, while continuing to rehab his knee.
Just as he about to venture into the world of insurance, the Jets called him to see if he wanted to come in for a tryout. He jumped at the chance.
"It's been a long road back," said Catanese. "I feel pretty good right now. My legs are stronger than before."
Catanese certainly looks the part at 6-2, 225 pounds with sub 4.6 speed. Now healthy, he's looking forward to showing what he can do.
"It will be fun," said Cantanese. "I'm looking to get back into competition again. Nothing's for sure. You have to take it one day at a time."
If his tryout with the Jets doesn't work out, several CFL teams are interesting his services.