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Sam Darnold speaks about visiting Midtown for the first time

By Luis Tirado Jr.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 03: A view of the Manhattan skyline including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building at sunset as seen from the Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 03, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 03: A view of the Manhattan skyline including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building at sunset as seen from the Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 03, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold recently spoke about his first ever visit to Midtown, Manhattan. It was quite the experience for the California kid.

For those of you that have never visited the city that never sleeps, it’s quite the experience. From nonstop traffic, lots of people on the sidewalk, and everything ready quicker than most other cities, it’s an incredible rush to take in at first. New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold recently witnessed it and had an interesting take on his new football home.

As Darnold prepares for his transition to the pros, it will be interesting to see how he takes everything in stride. Besides what he’ll need to do on the gridiron, he’ll need to also adjust to life in the Big Apple. From amazing restaurants, museums, and everything else in between, Darnold will have a great situation once he gets situated in New York.

Before the start of Jets training camp this week, Darnold took some time to experience Midtown, Manhattan in all its glory. As always for newcomers that witness it, it’s something one will never forget for the rest of their life.

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In an article written by Gary Phillips of The Jets Wire, here is what Darnold had to say about his first trip to the heart of New York:

“It’s a different scene and something that I definitely gotta get used to, but it was honestly pretty cool,” Darnold told Jets Wire in a phone interview while attending the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards. “That’s kind of something I used to see in movies and I didn’t realize it was so real.”

Darnold is right about what you see in the movies is pretty much the real deal. While you can get a slice of pizza at 3:00 am, you can easily fall in love with a city that has a bit of everything for everyone, regardless of where you’re from.

Born and raised in California, Darnold is trading away a slower-paced lifestyle for a much faster one, similar to what awaits him when he eventually begins his era with the Jets. It won’t be easy but luckily for Darnold, he’ll be given everything he needs to thrive and finally be the future franchise quarterback fans have been dreaming about.

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