Remember the last time Braylon Edwards was here? He was a bit younger, even got in trouble with the law once, causing him to be benched for a quarter? Well, Braylon is back, and with a young receiver core now making up the Jets roster, he is the cagey veteran. As that veteran, he has become a much more mature football player, evidenced in what he had to say after the game on Sunday. Edwards was asked about staying motivated when you know that your team is not going anywhere, and here is what he had to say:
It’s hard. At the end of the day, and I always say this, we’re human. You sit there and know you’re sitting at 6-9. We know we’re not going to the playoffs and guys are probably thinking about a million and one things, as well as the last game. This is where true professionals step up to the forefront and they can block out distractions for that last game. They can say, “We’ve got a game left to be all that (we) can be on the football field and be all they expect me to be.” The true professionals will come to the forefront and there will be some guys that aren’t in that category. All we want is their best effort until (time expires).
This is the type of guy you want on the New York Jets. Forgetting his ability on the field, this goes to what he brings to the table off the field. His words reflect a guy that understands this game, and what it takes to make it. If he can share that with his younger teammates, assuming the Jets keep him around this time, he will make a big difference in the years to come.