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.”
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.
Tags: Curtis Martin, Damien Woody, Heads Up Football, Herm Edwards, LaMont Jordan, Mo Wilkerson, USA Football
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