NY Jets quarterback Zach Wilson put together the best performance of his NFL career on Sunday in a crushing 23-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.
Seemingly everyone in the sports world was quick to praise Wilson for his career-saving performance in primetime. From LeBron James to numerous Chiefs players, Wilson received his flowers for the game he had on Sunday night.
Everyone except former NFL safety and current NBC analyst Rodney Harrison, however. Harrison spoke to Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones after the game, and while Jones was complimentary of Wilson and his performance, Harrison took the opportunity to knock the Jets QB down a peg.
Harrison called Wilson "garbage," pushing back on Jones' assertion that the former No. 2 overall pick was a "special" quarterback. His words came across as unprofessional and downright mean-spirited following a career-best performance from the young QB.
Thankfully, Harrison realized the error of his ways and reached out to Wilson and the Jets following the game. According to Jets head coach Robert Saleh, Harrison apologized for his remarks and squashed any bad blood between him and Wilson.
"Rodney [Harrison] is a good man. It's water under the bridge. He handled it exactly how he was supposed to. Even though it feels personal, it's not personal. People are trying to eat, too. We get it."- Robert Saleh
Rodney Harrison's comments about NY Jets quarterback Zach Wilson were shameful
Harrison's comments about Wilson actually encouraged a groundswell of support for the third-year quarterback. Numerous analysts, fans, and former players came to Wilson's defense, calling out Harrison for his harsh words.
If anything, it helped Wilson earn some new fans. He has some new supporters in his corner.
Wilson and the Jets may have lost the game, but it's hard not to feel optimistic about the young quarterback following the game. Wilson finished 28-of-39 for 245 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
He set new career highs in completions, passer rating, and completion percentage, and that doesn't even begin to tell the whole story. Wilson was outstanding on Sunday night.
If anything, he should be uplifted for his performance. Harrison took the opportunity to make fun of Wilson's prior struggles as he tried to overshadow what was an incredible night for the former BYU star.
He's rightfully apologized for his words, but what's been said has already been said. Zach Wilson deserved better than that.