New York Jets safety Jamal Adams became the hero of the masses when he tackled the New England Patriots mascot at Pro Bowl practices on Wednesday.
While the New England Patriots will be taking part in their umpteenth Super Bowl of the past two decades and not be present for the Pro Bowl, their mascot decided to make a visit to Orlando instead.
It’s safe to say that he wasn’t a welcome face at the facility.
“Pat the Patriot” as he is formally known didn’t receive the warmest of welcomes following his arrival to Camping World Stadium. The mascot was resoundingly booed by the fans in attendance at Wednesday’s practice.
Aside from the fans, it was clear that the New England mascot was getting under the skin of the players as well. So much so that New York Jets safety Jamal Adams decided to take matters into his own hands and get a bit of old-fashioned retaliation.
The All-Pro safety was in the middle of an autograph session when he spotted the mascot off in the distance. Without hesitation, Adams gave a warning and charged towards Pat absolutely blindsiding him as he took him down to the ground.
The entire encounter was recorded and you can take a look at it below.
This one is for every Patriots hater out there! I got y’all! pic.twitter.com/q0WAbDfrpL
— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) January 24, 2019
As you can see, Adams was able to pick up enough speed to really get going. He tackled the mascot at just the right time to catch him off guard while still making solid contact with the front portion of his body. Adams lept a bit high and may have made some contact with Pat’s head, but luckily the Pro Bowl tends to be light on penalties so he was able to get away with it without a flag being thrown.
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Back in December of 2017, Adams posted a tweet vowing to never miss another Pro Bowl again. Just over a year into that promise and the star safety has been selected to his first of hopefully many.
Adams had a breakout 2018 campaign posting 115 tackles, three forced fumbles, and one interception en route to earning second-team All-Pro. Moreover, Pro Football Focus ranked him as their second highest graded safety, behind just Eddie Jackson of the Chicago Bears, earning a stellar grade of 89.7. Jets fans will be hoping for more Pro Bowl-caliber seasons out of their unquestioned defensive leader in the near and distant future.
The Pro Bowl is always good for a bit of fun and this year the fun came early courtesy of a Jamal Adams form tackle as the Jets were able to get a bit of harmless revenge on their division rivals.
Only Adams and the Jets will be hoping to extend that revenge to the field in 2019.