As reported by Manish Mehta on twitter this morning, Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson has gone out and given out five $1000 dollar scholarships to high school seniors from his home state of New Jersey. This is of course not the first time an NFL player has given away something to charity, it is a little bit of an oddity due to the fact that Wilkerson is still getting paid under his rookie contract. With rookie contracts as heavily capped as they are Wilkerson isn’t making the big bucks that some NFL stars get paid, especially those of his caliber.
Here is the original tweet from Mehta:
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) May 30, 2014
Muhammad Wilkerson has proven to be a class act from day one in green and white. He has come in as a positive force in the locker room, showing a humility that is rare from first round draft picks. Even now after his third year in the league, and showing a clear path of ascension as a player he did not opt to hold out, instead choosing the path of patience and class. This latest display of generosity is just further proof of the caliber of person he is.
I strongly suspect that this is the exact type of person and player Idzik will want to keep in green and white for as long as he can. I also suspect that this is why the Jets still have the cap space that they do, it’s all in preparation for signing the big man to a long term contract when the time comes. I for one hope that Wilkerson retires as a Jet, he is a high caliber player and a high caliber person and I for one have never been more convinced to buy his jersey.