Former Jets tight end Anthony Becht

JET PRESS EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Former Tight End Anthony Becht

Many Jet Press readers out there will remember Anthony Becht, tight end from 200-2004.  Becht gave us a consistent effort and performance every week. Here are his stats from his Jets career:

                                                                             G                        GS                      Rec      YDS        AVG       Long   TD                                                  Fum Lost

2004 New York Jets 16             16 13 100 7.7 19 1
2003 New York Jets 16             16 40 356 8.9 29 4 1 0
2002 New York Jets 16             15 28 243 8.7 21 5
2001 New York Jets 16             15 36 321 8.9 24 5
2000 New York Jets 14             10 16 144 9.0 30 2 1 0

I (Mike Nash) was fortunate enough to catch up recently with Anthony Becht. Becht agreed to do a short Q&A with me. Check it out!

THE JET PRESS:- Many people dream of making the NFL, was it always your dream as a child?
ANTHONY BECHT:- Making the NFL was never really a dream for me till after my Junior year of
college. I wasn’t a highly pursued player out of high school, so in my mind I just wanted
to earn a college scholarship and would’ve been happy with just that. After my junior
season my name started to pop up in all of theses draft publications and just kinda of
took off from there.

TJP- You had a very successful career, any game in particular that stands out in your mind?
AB- The playoff lose vs the Steelers when I was with the Jets was definitely the game
that I thought we were making the next step to the AFC Championship game. We were
one of those teams that got hot at the right time and I thought it was our time. To go to
Pitt and beat them down the way we did and to fall short at the end with a few missed
kicks was bittersweet.

TJP- What was it like playing for the Jets?

AB- I loved playing in and for the New York Jets. It was the greatest and toughest
fanbase you could play for. If you could succeed in the Big Apple you could play
anywhere. I have a lot of good friends and memories of my time there. With my second
career starting up with TV and Radio it would be a great if I could tie myself back to my
roots in NY.

TJP- Did you try and model your game around anyone who previously played TE?
AB- At the time I was coming out Mark Chumra was a guy, before his
incident, that I wanted to pattern my game after. Was a true complete tight end that
could block and split the seams and be a force in the passing game. As well as a
redzone threat.

TJP- hat teammate were you closest with on the team on and off the field?
AB- my best friend then and now was Chad Pennington. He in my opinion was a
huge influence on me, on and off the field. One of the great players and leaders I was
able to play with.

TJP- You also had a good career at WVU, what was it like to play their?
AB- Playing at WVU was the greatest time of my life. The people, the fans, and the
coaches embraced me and made West Virginia my home away from home. If I could go
back in time I would do the whole college thing all over again. Time Flies!

TJP- how do you feel about the current state of the Jets?
AB- I think the Jets currently are in a rebuilding stage. I think the biggest thing are the
distractions on and off the field. A lot of those things can be prevented upstairs to keep
the distraction levels down. The players at the end of the day just want to play, but when
you sign guys and bring players in that carry some extra baggage more them likely your
identity becomes that. The teams that I played for had great leadership and guys that
just wanted to put their heads down and work. A sort of blue collar mentality that has
slightly flipped to white collar. I think if they simply get back to that mentality things will
shape out for the best

TJP- Anything you feel needs to be addressed for this team to contend next season?
AB- I think every position needs to be looked at to find out if football, hardwork, and
winning is the #1 priority for each player. You must have a good mix of leadership and
talent surrounding your QB. I think their is a need for big play players and that has to be
upgraded. Less drama more play is the challenge the Head Coach and New GM must
balance. And as a fan I hope they can turn the ship around!

I would like to thank Mr. Becht for taking the time out to answer some questions!

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