An Emotional Debut for Kellen Winslow and Dee Milliner

By Alan Schechter

Aug 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets corner back Dee Milliner (27) drops back into coverage against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow (81) is brought down by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (54) during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

A debut in the National Football League is exciting, whether you are a rookie, or a veteran. You could be playing in your first professional game, finally living out the dream you have had since you were a child. Or, you could be a veteran with some past good seasons, looking to latch on with your new team to show the world you still have something left.

This is exactly what we have in Dee Milliner and Kellen Winslow, and they both felt it yesterday. Here is Dee talking about what it was like to play in his first NFL game:

It was great. I was excited out there. (I was) very anxious to get out there on the field. Once I got out there I was fine, I was good. (I was) just ready to get out there and get on the field and try to make some plays.

Despite being a veteran, Kellen Winslow was nearly jumping out of his skin to get out there today:

It feels really good. I was real emotional before the game and I had to control myself. But it felt real good and I’m glad we came out with the win.

It’s this type of enthusiasm that makes it fun. After all, football is a game, and it’s great when players remember that.