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Mo Has a Big Charity Bash on the Calendar

Posted by Randy Lange on May 28, 2013 – 1:39 pm

Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson’s profile continues to emerge, and one offseason indicator of that is Mo is throwing a big-time formal charity event in a little more than two weeks.

Wilkerson and his Team 96 Foundation along with NBC celebrity Realtor Jay Morrison and his Project Culture Change are staging their first Youth Benefit Gala on Thursday, June 13, at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, N.J.

The evening includes dinner, silent auction, entertainment and premium open bar. Formal attire is the order of the night. For more information and to purchase tickets at $125, you can visit Wilkerson’s Website here.

Hearing from Mr. Jordan

LaMont Jordan had a very solid pro career, especially his first four seasons playing behind Curtis Martin on the Jets when he averaged 4.9 yards per carry and 8.3 per catch out of the backfield.

Jordan, after moving on to the Raiders, Patriots and Broncos, is retired from the game. Now one of his post-football roles is this year is helping up-and-coming running backs to run safer, as USA Football’s Heads Up Football Ambassador for the coming season.

“My running style with the Jets, I think it varied depending on the opponent, the blocking schemes,” Jordan said earlier this month at Lucas Oil Stadium during his Heads Up Ambassador orientation. “I think overall I’m a right-at-you kind of runner, powerful, low pad level, deceptive speed, just the right amount of quickness. I would say direct, right at you, downhill.”

Jordan also said that at a young age, in high school, he learned about some of the values he’s now teaching to scholastic runners.

“I didn’t personally and I don’t know too many other running backs who deliberately try to lower their head and lead with their head,” he said. “One thing for me, when I’m running and approaching a defender, I try to choose a side. I want to avoid any kind of head contact.”

Other important tips — which no doubt are being used by NFL backs this year with the reemphasis on not striking defenders with the crowns of their helmets — are to bend at the knees and not at the hips, and to keep the eyes open.

“Sometimes you have a tendency, right before contact, you close your eyes. It happens. It’s natural,” Jordan said. “But I think it’s vital, especially with what Heads Up Football is teaching, is keeping your head up and keeping your eyes up. I think that’s one of the biggest things in trying to eliminate the helmet-to-helmet contact.”

Click here for more on USA Football’s Heads Up Football program here.

Catching the Jets from a Distance

Jets fans outside the New York radio market, ESPN has good news for you:

ESPN Radio has signed individual multiyear agreements with the Jets (as well as with the Giants, Patriots, Steelers and Dolphins) for out-of-market Sunday afternoon syndication rights beginning with the 2013 season. These agreements mark the first time ESPN Radio will broadcast NFL game action nationally on its over-the-air terrestrial network.

The teams will continue to broadcast in their home markets through their official local stations.

In addition, ESPN NFL analysts Herm Edwards, Bill Polian and Damien Woody will each work several of ESPN Radio’s national broadcasts. Edwards is the former Jets head coach from 2001-05 and Woody was the Jets’ starting right tackle from 2008-10. Additional commentators and the complete schedule will be announced at a later date.

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14 Responses to “Mo Has a Big Charity Bash on the Calendar”

  1. By scjoe on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    Mark Sanchez, the ONLY player left on the roster from the 2009 NFL draft! How is THAT for building through the draft?

  2. By RONBO on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    S.C.Joe, IRA,Spicer, Now thats what I’m talk’n bout! This is the kind of stuff we need to be reading about! I doubt very seriously we will be reading anytime about Mo being involved in anything like Goodson was last week. I believe Ira hit the nail on the head on the prevous header about Idzik posssibly trying to recoup as much of the money as possible before cutting Goodson loose.At least I hope so as keeping him after cutting the two rookie F/A’s to me is sending the wrong message. I am really iopeing we can shed the three ring circus atmosphere that has pervaded the past several seasons under Rex. We need to show perspective f/a’s as well as the fan base that the circus has indeed left town.

  3. By IRA on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    Randy, Good to read about Lamont one of my better liked players. I hated when he left but the Jets had money tied up in Curtis which he deserved and couldn’t pay Lamont too. Interesting the knock coming out of school was he was not a hard worker. I think Curtis made Lamont who he was because he taught him what type of work ethic you need to play in the NFL. He never really reached his potential after he left the Jets. Had a good few years but should have been better, Glad to see he is doing something good.

  4. By Jet Fan since 1964 Frank on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    Good Article. Glad to see that ESPN will now radio broadcast Jet games Nationwide.

  5. By GaryC on May 29, 2013 | Reply

    scjoe,you just answered your own question,the jets are where they are because they can’t draft,proof is in the pudding,where would they be if they could draft.A few years back the jets decided to sign all the big free agents,and what did they get,SHORT TERM GAINS OVER LONG TERM PROFITS,if they knew how to draft.ENOUGH SAID.

  6. By RONBO on May 29, 2013 | Reply

    S.C.Joe, yeah, that had to be one of the worst Jet drafts ever. its amazing how many of our worst drafts occured on Tanny’s watch!

  7. By scjoe on May 29, 2013 | Reply

    Ron, my 2 cents on the 5th, 6th, and 7th round draft picks. If they do make the 53 or the PS this may be the only roster in the NFL that they would have made. Generally speaking, it is difficult to hit on those late round picks, you need a lot of commitment from your scouting dept to put the time in to properly analyze players at the bottom of the draft, I am not sure this core of scouts have that commitment. It seems every year one team or another hits in the 5th 6th and 7th rounds. They did hit with Kerley in 2011 in the 5th, but when was the last time they hit on a 6th or 7th round pick? It may have been Jason Ferguson by Parcells in 97. And he dropped for other reasons.

  8. By scjoe on May 29, 2013 | Reply

    Another few words on the draft and building through the draft. If you look at the NYJs drafts from 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 you will find 1 (one) solid starter in Wilkerson, then Sanchez? Kerley, and K Wilson? In a 4 year span you need to produce anywhere from 12-16 starters to qualify as one who has built through the draft, not 2 and 2 maybe’s. Lets all pray that that trend does not continue.

  9. By Mike Jet Vet on May 29, 2013 | Reply

    Scjoe, all is not what it seems, lets revisit draft picks we let go, BTW being drafted in the 1st place for their respective talents then in fine Jet fashion never getting a fair shot, many going on to be successful and productive players, with other teams with enough insight using strengths not their weaknesses to place them in a position to be productive. I can name quite few who’ve went on to win Super bowls AFC Championships division titles. So I will end in saying yes I agree we can only hope change is on the horizon, So far I’m not feeling it

  10. By scjoe on May 29, 2013 | Reply

    GaryC, your right, but maybe the reason they went out and signed those big name free agents is because of their futility on draft day year after year. You know, like what came first? The chicken or the egg?

  11. By RONBO on May 30, 2013 | Reply

    S.C.Joe, welcome back bro.I dont know if you caught my comments on an earlier header but I tried to make that very same point about the late rd picks and undrafted F/A’s. Even our 3rd rd pick Winters played relatively low level comp at Kent St? The G from Va. (Oday)was highly critisized at the Sr.Bowl &combine for his apparent lack of strength?How does happan at a college with a great training facilities like the U.of Va.? And Cambell has the physical ability to be a player but he’s another guy with a questionable motor? Then of course our favorite pick in rd.7 the 6-1 fullback who runs as fast as a o-linemen& we exxpect him to line up as a t.e? ? Hey,I hope they all work out or our draft luck will continue to be lousey.

  12. By Jet Fan since 1964 Frank on May 30, 2013 | Reply

    Low level colleges and the draft. Over the years colleges such as Hofstra, Stony Brook, Clemson, among others have produced some top NFL players. True most stars come from the top colleges but “NEVER” count out a low level college from producing a starter now and then. I know a lot of you feel the draft sucked this year. But as far as I am concerned IDZIK drafted smartly and as for White I feel he is going to fit right in as an offensive linemen. LETS GO JETS….

  13. By scjoe on May 30, 2013 | Reply

    Ron, I got a good feel for Winters, he has the size, speed, athleticism, intelligence, and work ethic to succeed even though he played in the MAC. Not sure when or even where he will be lined up, most likely at OG, but don’t rule him out at RT either if they can’t or don’t resign Austin

  14. By RONBO on Jun 1, 2013 | Reply

    JET FAN FRANK, Again, no one is saying players from lower levels “cant make it” in the NFL.Again, the NFL is full of guys from small schools, and some with no scholl experience as well. The point was simply that the percentages are better with the big schools as the competition makes it easier to evaluate players .S.C.Joe, Winters will likely have a great career. Its just harder to say that for sure as again, on a consistent basis he did not face top fleight competition. i am hopeing he will at some point become a starter as Colon and peterman are certianly not a part of the long term future.looking at the roster as it is presently constituted its obvious this is not a playoff team. Youth must be served this year as 2014 or 2015 we can win

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