Kris Jenkins is not ready to retire

One of the saddest, most memorable images of this young season was that of Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins hobbling off the field in the season opener.  He looked like a man wondering if he’d ever put on a uniform again.

After undergoing his fourth major surgery last week, Jenkins has decided he wants to try to make it back from his torn ACL.  For a second straight season.

“I’m in uncharted waters. But I’m at the point where I don’t care what anybody thinks,” Jenkins told Greg Bishop of the New York Times.  “I want to leave my mark on the game.”

Jenkins is under contract with the Jets next season for $3.75 million.

30 responses to “Kris Jenkins is not ready to retire

  1. The Jets have the best defense and the best team without him. With Jenkins the Jets defense rivals the 85 Bears with a better offense. Payton is better than the Jets backs but Sanchez is better than McMahon so it’s a wash.

  2. Have to admire his heart but most players are not ready to retire when they eventually do.

  3. Great to hear optimism from the big guy, he’s still got lots in the tank and is an easy guy to root for.

  4. jenkins was a beast in his prime..he just can’t stay healthy and it likely cost him a shot at the HOF

  5. Sorry Kris, but maybe it’s time to learn that the human body is not intended to carry around 360+ pounds.

  6. Id like to know why Kris Jenkins wasn’t wearing a knee brace before he got hurt this year????

  7. 12+81=7? Time to change your name dude. The Pats just about ruined every chance of having an offense that poses a real threat. Teams will double up on Welker and there is no running game. So you pretty much have a hall of fame QB and thats about it. As good as Brady is, he’ll never make receivers better than they are…like Manning.

  8. After he got his ass bull-dozed on his lame knee he better reitre.
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    Another player fell on it from behind moron. He would bury you so far into the ground even with his bum knee.

  9. That’s a freakish injury… Any player can get his leg bent back like that on any play….
    He needs to rehab the knee anyway so, he might as well have a high goal.
    As a football fan I just love watching Kris Jenkins play football….

  10. @NYMets says:
    October 7, 2010 7:54 PM
    The Jets have the best defense and the best team without him. With Jenkins the Jets defense rivals the 85 Bears with a better offense. Payton is better than the Jets backs but Sanchez is better than McMahon so it’s a wash.
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    The ’85 Bears defense ranked 1st in both points and yards given up. The Bears offense ranked 2nd in points scored and 7th in yards gained.
    The ’10 Jets defense is ranked 7th in points and 13th in yards given up. The offense is ranked 5th in points and 13th in yards gained.
    The Jets average 2 sacks per game.
    The Bears averaged 4 sacks per game.
    The Jets have won 3 of 4 games.
    The Bears won 18 of 19 games, including the Super Bowl.
    Good news, though. The Jets are similar to the 2006 Bears team that lost the Super Bowl to the Colts, although not as good. That team was ranked in 3rd and 5th in points and yards given up, and 2nd and 15th in points and yards on offense, and averaged more sacks per game than the Jets presently do.
    The 2006 Bears were good, but not anything special, same as this Jets team.
    The only similarity between the 2010 Jets and the 1985 Bears is that each had a Ryan on the sidelines. Other than that, no similarities whatsoever.

  11. Frank Booth —
    We’re only in week 5. There’s 12 games left.
    If you’re a Bears fan the 2010 Bears are equal to the 2008 Jets. And the game they played on Sunday night was an inept joke.

  12. @NYMets says:
    Frank Booth —
    We’re only in week 5. There’s 12 games left.
    If you’re a Bears fan the 2010 Bears are equal to the 2008 Jets. And the game they played on Sunday night was an inept joke.
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    Right. There are 12 games left- You’re the one who originally compared the this year’s Jets to the 85 Bears- and they are not, even with Kris Jenkins, close to each other. The Jets have not shown that they are the best team in the league yet, but they are pretty much in everyone’s top ten.
    As far as the ’08 Jets and the ’10 Bears- what does that have to do with the ’85 Bears and the ’10 Jets, which was the subject yours and my first post?
    Anyway, the joke known as the 2010 Bears and the best team in the league, the 2010 Jets, both have the same records.

  13. NYMets…i’m a Jets fan but please stop.
    Jets look good this year and there’s reason for optimism, no need to make ridiculous comparisons

  14. “I’m in uncharted waters. But I’m at the point where I don’t care what anybody thinks,” Jenkins told Greg Bishop of the New York Times. “I want to leave my mark on the game.”
    too bad the game seems like it has left more of a mark on him.
    as for the guy above who says that brady doesn’t make his receivers better, i would have to disagree wholeheartedly. this is a guy who won 3 super bowls with no-name guys. not welker, not moss. it was guys like reche caldwell, troy brown, and deion branch. these types of players went in search of greener pastures and were never really heard from again. i suspect the same could be said of manning’s receivers.

  15. @nymets
    yeah, please stop. Like others before me have said, there is reason to be excited but lefts not go overboard yet. Remember the Jets had the same record last year after week 4, and have a harder schedule ahead of them this year.

  16. Jenkins will not be back next season. He had a great career and will realize that after multiple
    ACL tears, his career is over.
    nymets ,
    Stay with baseball, football knowledge has never been a strong suit of yours.

  17. YouFools says:
    October 7, 2010 8:57 PM
    12+81=7? Time to change your name dude. The Pats just about ruined every chance of having an offense that poses a real threat. Teams will double up on Welker and there is no running game. So you pretty much have a hall of fame QB and thats about it. As good as Brady is, he’ll never make receivers better than they are…like Manning.
    I agree…he should change his name….you should also change your name to “I’m a fool”

  18. Kris, you are a man’s man buddy. We wish you all the best and you can do this! Hate the Jets, hate chubballs, but love your will.

  19. No Kris, no. It’s over man. The really good news though is you don’t have to retire and yes you can leave your mark on the game. Just ask anyone who plays in the UFL now. Now start rehabbing.

  20. Hope he makes it back…it was tough to see him snap it again. I can’t for the life of me figure out why he wasn’t forced to where a brace. All lineman should be wearing a brace. I know some teams have it as standard issue for their O and D lineman.
    Seems like a solid football player and important teammate in the lockerroom and teams can always use more of that type of player.

  21. Just to clarify, my saying that the Bears have the same record as the Jets doesn’t mean that I think both teams are equal. The Jets fans have a lot of reasons to be excited, while, as a Bears fan, I picked them to be around 8-8 this year, and after the Giants game, I’m hoping that they can even be that. Nothing will be easy for them, and Cutler may not even survive the season.

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