The latest New York Jet to win the award named after New York Times beat writer Gerald Eskinazi is guard Willie Colon. The 2013 Eskinazi Award, voted by the 20 or so sports journalists who currently cover the NFL team, honors the player deemed to be most “media-friendly.”
The award was announced on Christmas Eve and, as further reminder of why the former Pittsburgh Steeler was this year’s recipient, there is now an interview with the guard on Sirius XM NFL Radio. Colon, whose one-year contract with the Jets ends with this Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, was asked if he’d like to return with the team in 2014, hopefully under current coach Rex Ryan:
“Of course I want to be a Jet,” Colon said. “This is home for me. My family is happy I’m home. I’m happy I’m here. I’d like to finish a Jet but we all know there’s a business side of things. I’m 30-years-old. I still feel like I’ve got a lot left in the tank.”
“I believe in the guy. I came to New York to play for the guy. He was one of the guys I was passionate to meet… For me, it was coming to play for him and playing for a coach that, if he could, would put his hand in the dirt right next to you. That’s why we love him.”
See what the Bronx native did there? He dodged the usual go-to tropes and cliches in favor of a genuine, colorful response. Well done, again.
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