Now this is what I’m talking about. None of that jargon tossed through the media to the fans from the New York Jets. Nothing about top five this, or elite that. Like it or not, I absolutely respect someone sharing their real emotions with fans. Trash talk? I love it — that’s part of the fire and competitive nature that the game’s been lacking for years.
Now, it may not come as a surprise to most fans, but WR Emmanuel Sanders is happy to be in a Denver Broncos uniform. In fact, he gave some insight on 104.3 The Fan in Denver about his former quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, and his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers:
I feel like Peyton (Manning) is a far better leader.
I’ve got so much love for Ben. At the same time, I’m not going to lie. I’m happy to be part of this organization and happy that Peyton is my quarterback.
I like this because it’s real. This isn’t another empty statement or some foolish statement. The information probably wasn’t volunteered. Sanders was interviewed by a Denver radio station, so he most likely answered a question and elaborated. It also throws some fire into a possible AFC playoff matchup, as the Broncos and Steelers don’t square off in the regular season.
On top of that, someone on the defensive side of the football was candid as well. Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson is still ticked off about losing the Super Bowl to the Seattle Seahawks. He had something to say to the Gazette about the “Legion of Boom” and company:
[Expletive] Seattle. Write it down. Take a picture. It was a very personal game for me. Some guys, that’s what they do to get ramped up. But when you step in between the lines, pads talk. Let your pads talk.
The appetizer for the Super Bowl rematch will take place in the first week of preseason action on August 7. These teams will clash in front of the “12th Man,” come Week 3 of the regular season.
These athletes put their blood, sweat and tears into every single day. From the film room to the weight room, from training camp to preseason, the motors are running high and they can’t wait to hit another team. Frankly, neither can the fans.
I don’t know about you, but I love hearing the emotions that these players have behind closed doors. Nowadays players are their own brand, using the platform of a sport to showcase their skills and expand. It’s one thing to be a team player, but another thing to conceal the truth from the fans that make professional sports successful.
I respect and understand Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots for how they approach things and carry themselves. Not everybody is a robot, however, and statements like these are great for the game and interaction. Just ignore whatever the Jets continue to blab about.