Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Going to Jets best thing that’s ever happened to me

AP

Ryan Fitzpatrick won’t be the only player meeting up with a former team when the Buccaneers host the Jets on Sunday.

Jets quarterback Josh McCown had a tour of duty with the Buccaneers and so did his top receiver. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has 33 catches in seven games this season, which is a better rate than he put up while catching 45 passes in 18 games with Tampa after they took him in the second round of the 2014 draft.

Seferian-Jenkins’ time with the Buccaneers was marred by a drinking problem that led to a DUI arrest and his release during the 2016 season. On Wednesday, Seferian-Jenkins, who went to rehab and lost weight this offseason, said that getting released turned out to be a major positive in his life.

“I had off-the-field issues and I understand I didn’t hold up my end of the bargain, but at the end of the day, I’m a Jet and that’s the best thing that ever happened to me,” Seferian-Jenkins said, via ESPN.com. “It’s the best thing that ever happened in my life. What’s in the past is in the past. I wish things went differently, but deep down … no, I don’t. I’m happy I’m here. I’m happy with the way everything worked out. Unfortunately, I had to go down some pretty crappy roads and I had to go through some unfortunate things — all by my choice. But all the bridges I burned brought me here to be a New York Jet, best city in the world, best organization in the league.”

Seferian-Jenkins also missed a lot of time with injuries during his Tampa days, which makes it hard to fault the Bucs for their decision to move on from a player who seems to have taken the right steps to salvage his playing career.

17 responses to “Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Going to Jets best thing that’s ever happened to me

  1. I’m a Jet and that’s the best thing that ever happened to me..

    That is something you do not hear every day, and may not hear ever again, unless West Side Story has another Broadway run..

  2. It’s always the best organization until the contract issues emerge and the losing doesn’t stop. However, I’m glad he got his life in order and showing why is a potentially elite talent.

  3. Funny that johnny football makes bad choices and he is an idiot (which he is) but for everybody else, they have a problem or sickness.
    This guy didn’t get his drinking problem under control. He got bounced from a team and realized he wasn’t gonna have many more chances. So it sounds like he wised up. Good to hear honestly..
    But let’s stop with the “I was fighting a problem” routine. If it was a real problem as opposed to a maturity issue, he would be fighting it every day

  4. onebuffalove716 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 8:39 am

    But let’s stop with the “I was fighting a problem” routine. If it was a real problem as opposed to a maturity issue, he would be fighting it every day
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    How do you know he’s not?

  5. He really does sound like he’s straingten his life out. We all have done some things in our youth that we regret….but it refreashing to see a NFL player ‘owning it” Keep it going dude!

  6. onebuffalove716 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 8:39 am
    Funny that johnny football makes bad choices and he is an idiot (which he is) but for everybody else, they have a problem or sickness.
    This guy didn’t get his drinking problem under control. He got bounced from a team and realized he wasn’t gonna have many more chances. So it sounds like he wised up. Good to hear honestly..
    But let’s stop with the “I was fighting a problem” routine. If it was a real problem as opposed to a maturity issue, he would be fighting it every day
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    How do you know he isn’t fighting it every day? That’s an everyday battle you can’t see… I am happy anytime I hear someone is able to turn it around and not let a substance abuse problem completely ruin their life…it’s far too easy to not realize how serious it is until it’s too late…

  7. Good for him for feeling good and getting life back in order. Sometimes players going to NY is a good thing because you’re a lot more anonymous around town instead of being hasssled daily for your autograph by the local rubes wherever you go and your ego gets put down a notch as a result.

    But we will see how that lasts when contract negotiations come up, or some idiot Jets fans boo him for not catching 10 balls a game in meaningless December games.

  8. He was truly a mess here. The video of him talking himself into a DWI in Clearwater was crazy. The cop was trying to let him go and he just kept talking. The cop finally had no choice but to arrest him.

  9. Add me to the “I think he’s cleaning up his act” crowd.
    That type of talk sounds authentic (which we need more of in this world).

  10. always good to see a positive story for a change…hope this kid stays on the right path…glad to see the jets remember the te position

  11. Wait. If you make fun of someone saying the Jets are “best organization in the league” you’re full of hate ? Better head to your safe space snowflake. Way too many micro-aggressions out here.

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