New York Jets' Player of the Game: Muhammad Wilkerson Earned it

By alfredepps
William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets were in a tough battle against the Cincinnati Bengals and the only player who showed up to play was Muhammad Wilkerson. The Jets lost to the Bengals, 49-9. Wilkerson is the player of this game tallying four tackles, two solo, one sack, one pass deflected and one interception. Once again, he proved why he is stepping up to be a leader on this Jets defensive squad.

Being a New Jersey native out of Elizabeth, Wilkerson makes the Jets nation proud every game. When the Jets drafted Wilkerson in 2011, it was in the first round with the 30th pick. Everyone had their doubts about his ability to succeed in the NFL coming out of Temple University. Rex Ryan did not listen to the doubters. He believed in Wilkerson’s athletic ability and skill set to get to the quarterback. Now he is a part of the talented front seven for the Jets.

In the NFL season of 2013, Wilkerson is averaging six sacks and two forced fumbles. If that is not what you call a wrecking machine in the NFL, then I don’t know what is. Leaders reveal their true nature by how they respond when their team loses. Wilkerson is always inspirational via his twitter account, but immediately after the Bengals game he took to twitter to continue his inspirational tweets.

Wilkerson’ inspirational tweet:



Way to stay positive Wilkerson. The Jets’ next match up will be the super-powered offense of the New Orleans Saints led by Drew Brees. Wilkerson’s positive thinking will be needed when they play the Saints in Week 9.

Alfred Epps is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mralfredepps or add him to your network on Google

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