New York Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas and former Miami Dolphin Jason Taylor may have been division rivals on the football field for years, but off it, it’s a different story.
“It’s good to come out and support things like this. Giving back to the community and giving back to the kids. Letting the community know that you care. Doing things like this, it’s a really good opportunity,” Thomas told Victor Green and Jared Ginsberg of Class Act Sports while on hand supporting Jason Taylor’s foundation fundraiser at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Thomas injured his Achilles in week 4, and missed the remainder of the season. He talked about his health, and said so far, so good.
“The healing process is going pretty well, it is just unfortunate have to rehab two different injuries at the same time, but besides that, I am a warrior. I am going to keep fighting and make it happen. But so far the whole process is going really well,” he said.
Thomas also spoke to Class Act Sports about how the injury would affect his status as a free agent. This was prior to be re-signed by the Jets March 13 for one year as soon as the free agency period opened.
“I don’t think that. Teams know what I can do, especially the Jets. I have been with them for ten years, but I don’t think that it’s going to have any impact on the free agent process,” Thomas told Class Act Sports.
He helped the Jets make back-to-back AFC Championship games in 2010 and 2011. The 10-year NFL veteran has spent all of those years with the Jets, and is a great mind for the younger guys to pick.
“The Jets have a really young team. So guys like me, Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, those guys being out there brings a lot of leadership and bring experience to that young group of people out there. I try to bring guys in and bring them close to me because guys did that for me when I was there. We had guys like Marvin Jones, Sam Cowart, Curtis Martin. I played with those guys when I was a rookie and I saw how those guys took me under their wing and pulled me to the side and talked to me and told me different things to look out for, so I try to do the same things myself,” Thomas said.
This past season, the Jets stumbled to an 8-8 record and missed the post season. But Thomas- who now can refer to the Jets again as ‘we’ instead of ‘they’- didn’t see much need for changes.
“I don’t think it’s a lot of specific needs and changes that the Jets have to make because the same nucleolus that was there the past two years is still there. I believe in the Jets. They are going to get back to where they need to be. I got trust in Rex, Rex being a great coach, great guy, love playing for him,” he told Class Act Sports.
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