The Jets called safety Keith Fitzhugh on Tuesday, wondering if he’d like a job. The Mississippi State graduate respectfully turned them down.
“I told them I’m very thankful for the opportunity,” Fitzhugh told Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “But right now, being that it would be for just a couple weeks, I feel that I’d rather stay with a secure company and job, somewhere I know I could have long-term employment.”
Fitzhugh, 24, has worked as a conductor for Norfolk Southern railroad since getting released by the Jets on September 4. He enjoys the job and more importantly is responsible for supporting his parents. His father is disabled and can’t work, so Fitzhugh made what must have been a tough decision to deny the Jets.
“Being unemployed is not a good feeling,” Fitzhugh said. “It’s a lonely feeling. I’d rather be somewhere safe and have a great foundation.”
The Jets plan to release receiver Laveranues Coles (again) to make room for a safety after reserve James Ihedigbo suffered a high ankle sprain. Fitzhugh won’t be the guy because he has more important things to worry about than the Jets’ playoff push.