Some players play for the love of the game and some play for the money. It is quite obvious that New York Jets‘ Muhammad Wilkerson plays for the love of the game.
Remember that guy Darrelle Revis? Yeah, he was one of the NFL‘s best cornerbacks and the supposed leader of the Jets defense while on the team, but do you remember that he held out on two different occasions because of a contract dispute? Don’t worry Jet fans; Revis is gone, and now the Jets have a true captain in place who doesn’t care about money like some of the high profile players in the league. Wilkerson is only making $1.2 million this year, and he told the media that he has no plans for a holdout, which is shocking in today’s world of sports. The Jets’ stud DE had 10.5 sacks last season, and he’s only 24 years old. But he knows his place in the league, and it wouldn’t be right for him to go around shouting at the front office for a raise.
The thing is that Wilkerson deserves to get paid — and trust me, he will — but the way he continues to be there for his team and teammates speaks volumes to who he is. Wilkerson is a hometown kid from Elizabeth, N.J., and he stated before that he wants to stay with the Jets and play for Rex Ryan. Often times players follow the money wherever it goes, but if Wilkerson stays true to his word he deserves to be recognized.
NFL rookies should listen up and take some notes from Wilkerson. Play the game the right way, do what you have to do on the field and then you will get your money. Just because you are in the NFL it doesn’t mean that you deserve to be a millionaire; first you need to prove your worth.