Jets tight finish Austin Seferian-Jenkins made life-altering selections this 12 months which have made all of the distinction. He reworked his physique and thoughts, rededicated himself to his occupation and located a assist system in his new house. Sobriety has been on the coronary heart of his change from troubled expertise to grounded presence. He is been a useful a part of the tradition change throughout the group’s rebuilding course of.
The upcoming free agent chronicled a very powerful 12 months of his life to Each day Information columnist Manish Mehta.
MY BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT
Actually, this 12 months’s been nice. I have never had any alcohol in 342 days. That is my largest accomplishment. The season is what it’s. Clearly, you need to have extra wins as a group. However simply having that quantity — 342 — underneath my belt … that is the most important quantity I’ve received. That is one thing that can proceed. This is not a one-year factor. It is a complete life-style change. That quantity’s going to continue to grow. It is actually exceptional for me and it feels actually actually good.
I need to be that man that you just examine now and assume, “Rattling. That is the identical man that had all these points and received arrested?” I am a totally totally different particular person.
I can provide these intangibles, the issues that you could’t measure. These issues that you could’t placed on paper. I’ve realized a lot in these different years that I did not do it proper. I need to present the rookies tips on how to put together and tips on how to do issues appropriately. I am not solely doing properly for myself, however I am making an attempt to supply that perception for the youthful guys on tips on how to do issues proper.
On the sphere, I do know I’ll have higher years. That is simply the beginning.
I’M JUST GETTING OUT OF THE WATER
I envisioned coming again and filling a task that the Jets wanted. I felt like I crammed that function properly this 12 months. I’ll do quite a bit higher sooner or later wherever which may be. Hopefully it is right here. However I envision myself making strides as a soccer participant and a human being. I undoubtedly assume I confirmed the potential. If it is used appropriately and I get the alternatives and matchups we would like, I undoubtedly is usually a worthwhile asset.
I considered this as my rookie 12 months on tips on how to do issues proper. I attempted to take the issues that I did improper prior to now and do them appropriately. It has been an ideal 12 months in that respect. It has been successful for me. The upside on what I can do is phenomenal. I am getting higher each week whether or not it is run blocking, move blocking or catching the ball.
So, that is simply a place to begin. That is only a constructing block. That is nowhere close to the height. I am simply getting out of the water. I take a look at this 12 months as the primary 12 months I am doing stuff proper. My physique feels nice.
IF I HELD ON TO THAT BALL AGAINST THE PATRIOTS…
It has been a productive 12 months on the sphere: A profession excessive in catches (50), yards (357) and nearly touchdowns (three). I am going to take action way more sooner or later. I am solely 25 years outdated. I am nowhere close to enjoying my greatest soccer. I am nonetheless studying each single day. I feel my greatest years are forward of me. I actually imagine that. These subsequent 5, six years are going to be my greatest years of soccer.
I believed that I used to be going to have the ability to do what I am doing proper now. I actually really feel like I may have accomplished extra on the sphere. For no matter motive, it did not work out that approach in the previous couple of weeks, however I do know I received much more within the tank. I can add much more to an offense. I can undoubtedly be that X-factor and mismatch that nobody can guard.
We have had some fascinating moments this 12 months. The overturned landing towards the Patriots in Week 6 was disappointing. I felt like if I held on to that ball it might have been an entire totally different recreation. Perhaps an entire totally different season. I take that on myself. It is unlucky that occurred, however it’s an ideal lesson not just for myself and my teammates, however for different folks across the league on how to answer conditions like that and never level fingers. Put the onus on your self and transfer on.
As quickly because the landing towards the Panthers in Week 12 went to evaluation (and was additionally overturned), I believed, “Oh, God. Right here we go once more.”
However what are you able to do?
HOPEFULLY SUNDAYS CAN BE WINS FOR THE WHOLE CITY
New York is such a cool place. There are such a lot of totally different folks. I actually really feel like I belong right here. I really feel like if I get the chance, I’ll be the very best tight finish that has performed right here. I’ll be the very best one which’s ever come by right here if I get that likelihood. I am nonetheless creating, however I am all the time going to be a man that is available in and does the work.
I need to win for these followers too. They’re an ideal fan base. They’re so enthusiastic about it. They actually care. Some followers would simply say, “We’re accomplished.” However these followers desire a winner so badly.
I feel we’re constructing one thing particular right here. Subsequent 12 months, Sundays are going to be a day while you relieve stress … and never get stressed on. Individuals spend cash to return to those video games to get away from the each day grinds of life. You’ll be able to’t come out on high each recreation, however hopefully in these coming years Sundays could be wins for the entire metropolis.