After missing the Pro Bowl as a rookie, New York Jets star Jamal Adams made a public promise that he’s continued to keep ever since. Here are the details.
Even by New York Jets standards, the franchise has fallen on hard times as of late.
Barring a miraculous end to this season (upset wins against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills), the Jets will have posted double-digit losses in four of their last five seasons.
Considering the team’s lack of depth and roster holes, it will probably get worse before it gets better for Gang Green.
All that said, the Jets do have at least a superstar player to build around. Since being drafted in 2017, safety Jamal Adams has been one of the most dominant defensive players in the league.
In recognition of his stellar play, Adams was just named to his second Pro Bowl. He was the only Jets player to receive the honor this year.
I wont miss another Pro bowl. Believe that.
— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) December 20, 2017
After not making the Pro Bowl his rookie year, Adams publicly vowed that he would never miss another one. So far, he has lived up to that promise.
In 2018, Adams finished among the top three in sacks and tackles among all defensive backs. His performance earned him his first Pro Bowl appearance.
Not to become complacent, the Jets star safety has elevated his game to a completely new level this year.
Adams has scored two defensive touchdowns (1 interception return, 1 fumble return), and he leads all defensive backs with 6.5 sacks.
If Adams can recover from his ankle sprain in time to take the field for the Jets’ final two games, he may even have a shot at breaking the all-time single-season sack record by defensive backs (8 by safety Adrian Wilson).
This has been a turbulent season for Adams. In addition to missing the last two games with his first significant NFL injury, Adams was also caught up in trade rumors earlier in the season. He took the trade rumors personally, creating a brief spat between Adams and Jets management.
Even though Adams faced some criticism for the way he handled his dispute with the Jets (in particular for his social media posts), the franchise should do everything in their power to keep him long term.
Although his emotions sometimes get the best of him, Adams’ passion is overall a trait to be admired. He is the kind of player who hates losing even more than he loves winning. For a franchise mired in mediocrity and misery, Adams is a culture changer and a breath of fresh air.
And considering he is constantly making Pro Bowls and threatening to break records, it’s fair to say Adams is pretty good at football too.