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Walking the Walk at Saks Fashion Show

Posted by jetsstaff on October 29, 2008 – 1:05 pm

Robert Turner, who on Sunday showed us a versatile skill set, can add modeling to the list after Monday night’s Saks Fifth Avenue Suit Up event at the Short Hills Mall in Short Hills, N.J.

Turner and 15 other Jets were on hand, strutting their stuff for a packed house and a good cause, with proceeds going to the New York Jets Foundation.

While players mostly had their outfits chosen for them, Turner made a gametime revision to his suit.

“I changed my tie,” he said. “I had a new starter in the lineup.”

It wasn’t the type of fashion show you might picture if you’ve never been to one. There were no flashing lights or loud music and there wasn’t a raised catwalk. Instead, players mingled with the crowd before and after they took their turns on the makeshift, roped-off runway.

Players stood out — especially those of the 6’4", 300-pounds-plus kind — as they gracefully chatted with the many people surrounding them while signing autographs. I asked Nick Mangold if he felt at all claustrophobic.

“Well, I’m a cuddly person,” he said, “so it never really bothers me too much. But it’s nice being able to mingle around and enjoy the evening.”

It was nice to see Mike Nugent participating. After all, the kicker must be getting healthier if he’s walking the runway, right?

“I think it was a great time,” said Nugent. “Everyone does a really good job and it’s always great to get a good crowd here, because it’s always for a good cause for the Jets Foundation. I think that’s the best part about it.”

Seasoned veteran Tony Richardson was probably the most experienced model of the group. He took his time as he walked down the aisle, pausing to remove his jacket, showing off his vest, before flinging it over his shoulder for the walk back.

“I thought it was a good night. The guys looked good,” said Richardson.

Rookie quarterback Eric Ainge sported a five o’clock shadow in addition to his Italian-made suit on the runway. For the first modeling appearance of his NFL career, Ainge drew inspiration from an unlikely source.

“I reverted back to all my experience watching ‘Zoolander,’ ” he said. “I had to hit them with a ‘Blue Steel’ on the way back.”

“A certified 20,” said Ainge’s female companion when asked to rate his performance on a scale from 1-10. “Definitely.”

The list of Jets attendees for the event also included Drew Coleman, Abram Elam, Mike DeVito, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, James Ihedigbo, Brett Ratliff, Brad Smith, Chansi Stuckey, Jason Trusnik and Wallace Wright.

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10 Responses to “Walking the Walk at Saks Fashion Show”

  1. By jeff on Oct 29, 2008 | Reply

    Randy, one player on the practice squad who I’d like see get a look is Marcus Henry. I think this kid could be a real weapon, what size. Activate him, before some other team nabs him. Could you see him a five receiver set, throw him the damn ball!!!

  2. By mike ex jet fan on Oct 29, 2008 | Reply

    Well here I go again with the negativity ——- List of disgruntled players preseason BAKER LC Chatman suspended 4 games … List of injured players BAKER LC & Chatman…. Among others

  3. By MikeMc on Oct 29, 2008 | Reply

    I heard they brought Baker out at a very critical time in this fashion show and he fell down in the clutch.

  4. By Row on Oct 29, 2008 | Reply

    Will you guys cut it out with Marcus Henry? We can’t get a first down on 3rd and 1 or 3rd and 4 with 4 or 5 wide, what would he help? We need to run for first downs. Just a question, what does the “Jets Foundation” donate to or provide? I hear it’s a great cause though. T-Rich is a hall of fame, stand up guy!

  5. By Tim Carlson on Oct 29, 2008 | Reply

    Row, the New York Jets Foundation is involved in fighting childhood obesity through the Generation Jets: Be Lean & Green initiative, has launched a football team in a Harlem high school, has urged students in the Bronx to eat right and move more, and supports the efforts of the Alliance for Lupus Research, among many initiatives. The foundation also partners with numerous established charitable organizations and participates in causes sponsored by the NFL.

  6. By Ira on Oct 30, 2008 | Reply

    It looks like the Bills are pretty banged up for this weeks game. Reed and Schobel would be big losses if they can’t go. But don’t get fooled by that. Randy, if i recall didn’t the Bills have like 5 starters not play in last years game up in Buffalo?

  7. By Tim Carlson on Oct 30, 2008 | Reply

    Ira, I think in the first three weeks the Bills had IRed LB Paul Posluszny, CB Jason Webster and S Ko Simpson, and LB Keith Ellison and S Coy Wire were deactivated for that Game 4 win over the Jets.

  8. By sal on Oct 30, 2008 | Reply

    the way they are playing , i think maybe they should be strutin the pads in practice, intsead of suits on the catwalk

  9. By Row on Oct 30, 2008 | Reply

    Just felt the need to mention that Brett Favre has never beat the Bills when at home, and the Jets have lost the last 3 to them, all were low scoring games. This week will be different. We WILL establish the run, and we will dominate a less than spectacular Trent Edwards. Revis will have a few chances at a pick b/c they don’t really have a #2 WR right now. Hardy will be schooled by Miller/Lowery.

  10. By Nicole on Oct 30, 2008 | Reply

    Tony Richardson, I love your pictures from the walking the walk at Saks fashion show!

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