The Jets final game of the 2014 preseason has been played, and we are eight days away from the opening kick off of the season. Wins and losses mean nothing when it comes right down to it, this was preseason, and the focus for the team was on evaluating the talent brought in to compete. For the fans, it’s a time to watch the new additions play, look for stars developing, and get an overall view of what the team might play like once the lights go on in prime time.
This year, like most, offered the fan base something to get excited about. The Jets had picked up both Eric Decker and Chris Johnson in free agency, so the offense was given an infusion of proven talent, and Jet fans were smiling. Then the draft came along, and Jet Nation was anticipating some real action. The Jets owned twelve picks and the expectations were high for a substantial influx of talent! I watched the final game last night and couldn’t help but to feel let down.
I have been a Jet fan since my youth, growing up in the shadows of Shea Stadium in Queens, so almost all of my friends were Jets’ fans as well. Green was the color of our jerseys, and we took our favorite player’s name as we went out to play football on the side streets and vacant lots. Jets football was a huge part of our lives, and a trip to the stadium to watch Joe Namath and the rest of the team play, was a highly anticipated event. Football was a game back then, it wasn’t the NFL conglomerate that we have today. Kids could be safely be brought to the stadium to watch their “heroes” play. While most of the kids I grew up with loved Joe Namath, I must admit, Emerson Boozer was my guy! I guess even then I appreciated a running back that could block viciously! Boozer could lay people out while blocking for the run and passing game.