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Big Jenks Calls It a Career on Facebook Page

Posted by Randy Lange on July 21, 2011 – 10:00 am

It’s easy to root for a player such as Kris Jenkins, to hope that Big Jenks has his knee back together, to foresee one more year of commanding double teams in the trenches, to will the Jets to give him one more chance to grab for that coveted ring.

But after Jenkins’ second season-ending left knee injury in less than a year, then after his release on Feb. 28, all that became a little more difficult to foresee.

And Jenkins seemingly has ended any last hurrah with the Jets or with another team when Wednesday afternoon he announced his retirement as an NFL player on his Facebook page.

“Wanted to let you all know that I have loved the support and respect that you all have given me throughout my career,” Jenks told his Facebook fans. “But it is time for the torch to be passed to the younger players. I am going to hang up the cleats! The mind is always willing to play but my body deserves the rest. Thank you for the opportunities to play, Carolina and New York.”

Certainly situations and minds change. But if Jenkins has indeed retired and decides to pursue a new line of work in broadcasting, gastronomy, politics or more, he left behind a legacy that, true, doesn’t include without a Super Bowl championship, yet still packed a punch to the solar plexus.

In his time with the Panthers (2001-07) and the Jets (2008-10), he played in 108 regular-season games with 102 starts, had 24 sacks (3.5 with the Jets), swatted down 12 passes, forced two fumbles and recovered two, and had an unofficial total of 359 tackles.

Some memorable Jenks games for the Green & White:

■ Game 8, 2008, at Buffalo, when he hit QB Trent Edwards four times and chalked up 1.5 sacks and stuffed Fred Jackson several times at or behind the line.

■ Game 1, 2009, the season opener at Houston, when he threw Texans around as the defense “pitched a shutout” in Rex Ryan’s first game as head coach.

■ Game 3, 2009, vs. Tennessee, when he chalked up his Jets high of 2.5 tackles for loss (plus another at the line), all taking down Chris Johnson.

Those were the days, my friend. But as Jenkins once said in his inimitable fashion, “That was then, but now we’re at now.” And so now we wish the big guy all the best as he heads into his next career.


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24 Responses to “Big Jenks Calls It a Career on Facebook Page”

  1. By IRA on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    Only the best for big KJ. Too bad about those ACL’s. Otherwise what a stud he would’ve been for the Jets.
    Randy, Those three games you picked were classic KJ games. He was an absolute beast up in Buffalo in 08.
    Good thing the Jets had Pouha to step in. I think he would be perfect to work with the younger D-lineman especially K. Ellis.

  2. By wayne on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    Good luck Kris. Too bad those wheels couldn’t hold up.

  3. By wayne on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    Owner’s backs are against that 200mil a preseason game wall. Guy who starts the ruckus usually isn’t the guy who finishes it………….I know some of you still live in this dream world where you think this is just a game……It’s all business……They probably finish this all up a couple of days later. Make the fat cats stew a little over their mint juleps.

  4. By Dug on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    Really enjoyed watching you play Kris ! So glad retired as a Jet ! May The Lord bless you as you enter a new phase in your life !

  5. By uncle joe on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, Big Jenkins will always be one of my favorite Jets,Just Awesome since the day he came here, what a great pickup by the leagues Best GM. Was kinda hoping Jenkins would give us one more season along with Ellis,JT & T.Rich so they can all get a RING! Good Luck Jenkins and thanks for being a Jet.

  6. By uncle joe on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    That said, I’ve been thinking that it does’nt really matter who we lose in Free Agency,every team is gonna lose players,the MOST IMPORTANT thing is that we still have THE BEST COACH & GM in the Business so BRING ON THE SEASON!

  7. By uncle joe on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    And another thing, I’m SICK of hearing Sanchez Doubters, although I was Dead Set AGAINST drafting him, I think he is GREAT! Second year QBs usually take a step back,ALLS he did was lead his Team to back to back Championship games winning 4 ROAD playoff games,beating #s 2 & 1 respectively on the top 100 players list in their OWN HOUSE. Don’t give me the D caried him because in my opinion the D let us down more often then not with Mr. Clutch having to bring us back! And Accuracy? take a look at some of our Offensive Highlights,,his ball placement is near perfect. Plus the way he handles NEW YORK at such a young age,The Kid Is GREAT

  8. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    Try looking at some of the offensive lowlights and then tell me about Sanchez’s near-perfect ball placement, uncle joe. The kid is great at times but not all the time yet and that’s where he has to get, the days of winning a Super Bowl without a great QB are long gone.

  9. By GaryC on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    uncle joe, cool it with the best gm for tannenbaum, remember Gholston, jury still out on wilson,what about lowery, jacob bender, bust.giving away draft picks for guys who last a year with your team is not having forsight either.did ainge pass the jets strict background check.Let’s see how he fills the holes this year,this is where we really see how much knowledge of the league personell he knows.

  10. By scjoe on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    Good luck to KJ, hate to see him go. The fact that the Jets added ex Colts O.C. Tom Moore to the staff, at least as a consultant, will not mean that MS will be the next Peyton Manning because MS is NOT Peyton Manning by any stretch.

  11. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, painful though they are to recall, I like your listing of some of Mr. T’s less-than-brilliant moves. To which I would add giving away any draft choice at all for O’Connell. Totally agree that this year is a big challenge for Mr. T. As for Tom Moore, scjoe, if this is a way for Rex to get greater leverage over some of Schotty’s idiotic goal-line play-calling, I like it. If it’s a subtle way of pushing Schotty out, I like it a lot.

  12. By Dug on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    Uncle Joe, I like your positive thinking. Those who don’t agree with you have good points also,but over all, I too think we’re fortunate to have the G.M. & H.C.
    we have ! We may not be winning S.B.s, but we are a team who’s a very real
    threat to win it all. This is a good time to be a Jet’s fan ! Love you all !!!

  13. By Mike Jet Vet on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    Tom 64 Schotty’s not going anywhere … Love Big Jenks wish the best for him don’t cry for him Argentina he’ll be working the booth .. here’s my take good riddance about time 60 million we didn’t get our moneys worth sorry guys out most of his time with us its a business right, so are my comments it’s business not personal ..Tom64 ..think it’s time to worry about who won’t be here your guy SH then lets hope your other guy J-McKnight finally shows why we passed on talent to keep this guy stop worrying about proven coaches..

  14. By J.Z. on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    BIG MAN ALL I CAN SAY IS THANKS FOR BEING A JET YOU BROUGHT A THOUGHNESS THE JETS THEY LACKED, DID NOT HAVE BEFORE CAME TO PLAY FOR NEW YORK .NOW IT SEEMS YOU IN PART GOT THE JETS RIGHT NEXT IN LINE TO LIFT THE PRECOUS. Y
    THANKS FOR EVERYTHING MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN EVERYTHING YOU DO.

  15. By Frank on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    Well how surprising a lawyer Bertheson has decided to try an blow up the deal. This clown has every financial incentive to blow the deal up because he from the begining wanted a court resolution and disolution of the union and anti-trust exemtion the league enjoys. He has visions of huge ant-trust pay days which in turn fills his and the other lawyers pockets. Decertification was a sham from the begining the NFLPA did this once before in 1987 and did it again to gain leverage in negotiations. Luckily the courts saw this for what it was worth and largely stayed out of this.
    The players better not screw this up if they start playing games now you can bet your botton dollar the season will be in jeopardy. The “urgency” window will b gone soon

  16. By Chicago Bob on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    Tannenbaum has been far from perfect however he has drafted the likes of Ferguson, Mangold, Eric & Brad Smith, Revis, Harris, Washington (traded), Keller, Sanchez, Green & Slauson and traded draft picks for Edwards, Holmes & Cromartie. Yes, Gholston was drafted on his watch however you still hear rumblings that Mangini was the one who pushed for him. Jury is still out for the 2010 draft as you need to give them at least another year. On paper the 2011 draft looks pretty good. Give the guy credit, he was really more of a salary cap guy than a real G.M. and has come a long way. Look around the league and check out the draft history of some of the other G.M.’s and we could do a lot worse.

  17. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    MJV, the response to hiring Moore on this site seems to be pretty good and I think anything that empowers Rex in the face of Schotty’s limitations is a good thing. I still say Rex is playing some kind of game with Schotty, hoping he’ll leave on his own accord, and one way to be that may be to make the OC job less fun for him. As for who we’re going to lose, I don’t really care at this point, as it’s obvious that this will be a pretty chaotic yr for us or anybody else who wants to win the SB. I wouldn’t be surprised to see just about anybody become a Jet in the next few weeks ’cause there’s no time to work in rookies. As for the players turning down the deal, if they do that they’re clueless.

  18. By GaryC on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, if they were bringing in moore they could have brought my man Fassell in.I mean he did tutor elway.not to sure this is the best thing for sanchez though.what happens if moore starts overuling schotty, could be friction there.

  19. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    I’d be fine with Fassell, GaryC, and I’m not too worried about any friction. The action here mostly has to do with Rex, who in my view for all his talk still hasn’t really taken the reins of this team. He’s pussyfooting around with Schotty, a proven failure, maybe because he’s afraid of his dad, who I didn’t know has been hanging around Florham Park, or maybe because he really lacks confidence in his own skills on the O side. Regardless, it’s not endless predictions of SB glory that make you a complete HC, it’s a complete command of the game and the team. I suspect when Rex achieves that, he’ll also get that SB ring. As for Sanchez, for $10 mil a yr he can take a little friction at work, most folks I know handle it for a lot less than that.

  20. By steven on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    My girlfriend always enjoyed seeing you on the field, she would just look for “the big guy” and there you were. A true presence,and you will be missed.

  21. By GaryC on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, I meant more the friction between shotty and moore,and the confusion this might lead for sanchez as to whose lead to follow.hope moore and shotty agree a lot because sanchez head might be spinning,you know what they say, too many cooks spoil the broth.

  22. By Dennis Shea on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    Kris, sorry to see you go, you were up there with Joe Klecko as the best d lineman I had the pleasure of watching in my 40 plus years of being a jets fan. Good luck with the second part of your life.

  23. By bigtimefootball on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    when healthy theres no better defensive lineman in the world. and im not a jets fan.

  24. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 23, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, I know what you meant, GaryC, but for what these guys get paid I’m not worried about friction when, as Robert Mitchum so famously said in THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, “I’m sweatin’ how to pay the plumber.” Maybe USC-graduated-on-time Mark and best-selling author Rex can actually put their heads together, take charge of the offense, and relegate Schotty and Moore to the assistants that they are — or even unload one of them, and you know which one I’d like to unload.

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