It could be a bit worthy of Seinfeld ("Don’t you know the difference between "seltzer" and "salsa"?) or Abbott and Costello.
Did you hear about David Clowney being the gunner?
Going to Ghana? Why, yes, I heard he is.
I said "gunner."
Yeah, I know. It’s pronounced "Ghana."
Clowney recently said in an Associated Press story that he’s gonna step into the fray and fill the role of the Jets’ punt-cover team’s flyer, a.k.a. gunner, held for several years by the since-departed Wallace Wright.
"I know I can do it — that’s not a question," Clowney told AP. "I come from a special-teams college at Virginia Tech. I started at flyer my last two years of college. It’s something I’m not new to."
Nor is he new to helping out his fellow man. Clowney was a part of the humanitarian visit by a group of Jets to Haiti. And from July 19-26, just before the start of training camp, he’s got his trip to the West African country of Ghana.
"I’ll be visiting children’s hospitals, helping the children of Ghana and hosting an American football camp for the kids," he blogs. "It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid and now I have the opportunity to do so." He’s already raised over $10,000 for the trip and he’s reaching out to teammates plus some opponents such as Colts RB Joseph Addai and Bills CB Drayton Florence to make the trip with him.
The journey originally was scheduled for July 3-10 but has been rescheduled, and for that we have to get back to the Clown and football. The Jets’ receivers will be flying west, not east, earlier in July to take part in several days of an informal team passing camp with Mark Sanchez back near his Mission Viejo, Calif., stomping grounds.
"The wideouts, the quarterbacks, the tight ends, we’re going to go through plays, routes and things out there," Clowney said. "A couple of guys are still learning the playbook. We’re all getting everything down, helping each other out. We’re just trying to do things as a corps. You’ve got to do stuff like this. There’s never time away from football. It’s year-round."
Especially if you want to play deep into the new year. Clowney refuses to look at the addition of Santonio Holmes, for instance, as a crimp in his playing time plans.
"Of course I want to play as many snaps as I can," he said. "But what’s more important is to win a Super Bowl, and Santonio is a good addition to help us do that."
As if he’s not busy enough, Clowney also has his annual football camp for the youth of Palm Beach County and South Florida, which this year he’s holding in the middle of what he’s calling the David Clowney Foundation Celebrity Weekend, running from June 25-27. You can find details on his Website here.
Intern Arrives in the Nick of Time
I wanted to let all you who read our Website closely that you’ll soon be reading content from a new source on newyorkjets.com.
Nick Gallo, 21, is our new seasonal intern, having ventured north from a life spent mostly in the Southland. He hails from North Carolina, having attended Durham Academy, and has just graduated from Vanderbilt University with his degree in political science (and a minor in corporate strategy).
Most important, perhaps, for Jets fans is that Nick knows his way around an NFL team, having served the previous two summers as a training camp intern with the Tennessee Titans and continuing that work on regular-season gamedays in Nashville.
Now if he can find his way around North Jersey’s notorious rush hour traffic, we’ll be all set. Nick will start reporting for us from Thursday’s media-availability OTA practice, if not sooner.
Tags: David Clowney, Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes
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