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Posted by Randy Lange on May 10, 2011 – 5:56 pm

Mike Devlin has returned. The Jets’ sixth-year tight ends/assistant OL coach has returned to his desk at the Atlantic Health Training Center to work on his position specialties. And in his spare time he’s back to organizing his longtime annual charitable endeavors.

A medical procedure kept him away for a short while, but now he’s back.

Devlin is all set to tee off the John S. Devlin Memorial Golf Tournament this Saturday, May 14, at Rolling Pines Golf Course in Berwick, Pa. The tourney is named after his father, a 40-year head coach at all levels.

“It’s been going strong, 13 years,” he said. “We get a lot of support from the Jets that come out. It’s a fun-filled day of golf and camaraderie and we raise money to get scholarships for kids who can’t afford it.”

And this year’s Devlin football camps schedule has three events scheduled for a three-state area — his Techniques in the Trenches Clinic at The College of New Jersey on May 22, a youth clinic in Shamokin, Pa., on June 18, and a three-day camp at Mount Sinai High School on Long Island.

As for the medical news, Devlin, 41, went into the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York last month to get both his hips resurfaced.

“I had to do something,” the coach told me this week. “My quality of life was poor. It was affecting all areas, playing with the kids, everything.”

The procedure was developed a decade ago to help younger patients get back in stride. And for Devlin, it worked.

“I woke up from the surgery — no pain,” he said with a smile. “Oh, there was surgery pain, but I didn’t have that pain I used to have.”

Devlin can now be more active in the lives of his four children — Zach, 16, Hallie, 13, Carlie, 11 and Matthew, 4. And he’s working again at the game he loves.

“There are so many good, positive things about the game — the teamwork, the hard work every day just to win in this league or any league,” he said. “That’s got me where I am today, and that’s what I’ll tell my kids.”

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