Wednesday, August 26, 2009

¡Viva Sanchez!

Today is an exciting day for me as a New York Jets fan, because head coach Rex Ryan has named rookie Mark Sanchez to be starting quarterback. The Jets had moved up 12 spots in the 2009 NFL Draft to select Sanchez fifth overall. He was in a quarterback competition with fourth year veteran Kellen Clemens. I thought Sanchez had outplayed Clemens in both training camp and the last two preseason games, so the starting nod is well deserved. Besides, he’s the future of the franchise and the face of the team in the 21st century.

It’s not only a great day to be a Jet fan, but a Latino as well. Sanchez has the chance to be the NFL’s first Latino superstar at the sport’s premier position. Yes, there was Jim Plunkett who won a Super Bowl with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and currently Jeff Garcia and Tony Romo. But none of them are full-blooded Latinos. No, I don’t mean to seem jaded in any way, but it’s significant that Sanchez is a third generation Mexican American on both sides. He has a huge Latino following in California and hopefully, with success, he’ll have an even greater following in the NFL.

1 comment:

  1. Awww, Steve! No teaser??? What gives? I can't bring myself to comment on your sports's just not in me!! Ha!

    Next week then!