Give Mark Sanchez credit for having an optimistic outlook on his professional football career even though things haven’t worked out the way he would have liked.
The former first-round pick of the New York Jets went from being the hot young star with the team to being overpaid, underwhelming and released. He’s now a backup with the Philadelphia Eagles, but he’s happy with his situation and — get this — believes he is entering the prime of his career.
Newsday’s Kimberley A. Martin quoted Sanchez as telling her he feels he is “just entering the prime of my career.”
Sanchez believes missing last season because of a shoulder injury suffered in the preseason was actually good for him.
“Maybe this whole shoulder thing and relocation has just been a blessing in disguise,” Sanchez told Newsday. “Maybe that year off was exactly what I needed. Got a little rest for my legs, for my arm, and I feel great.”
Credit Sanchez for having a positive attitude about being in Philly. He thinks being on a team with so many great offensive players and coaches is a wonderful situation for him, and he’s probably right. But how could he say he’s entering the prime of his career if he’s going to spend it on the bench? Maybe we should cut him some slack and say at least he’s mentally prepared in case Nick Foles get hurt. Or should we sit here and laugh at what’s become of him? Naw, that would be too easy. I’ll opt for the former.
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