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Kellen is a pro


Kellen Clemens is in his third quarterback competition in his four years with the Jets. Last year’s with Chad Pennington abruptly ended when Brett Favre came in and Pennington was cut and picked up by the Dolphins. This year he would have faced Brett Ratliff for the starting spot, until a more challenging Mark Sanchez was snatched by the Jets in the NFL Draft.

Whatever your opinion of Clemens on the field, he is a very professional guy off of it. He took time to go over to Sanchez early on and say a few words after a rough outing during an OTA or minicamp. Today he said this about his philosophy on paying what he learned from Pennington forward.

“Really, it all comes down to one thing,” said Clemens, left in an AP photo with Erik Ainge and Sanchez. “When I was a rookie, I came in hoping to play and Chad Pennington was the veteran. Chad was very gracious with his knowledge and was very generous with the information he had, sharing it with me despite the fact that we were competing.

“I guess it’s kind of my way of paying it forward, sort of doing the same thing for Mark. We’re competing and each of us wants to play and unfortunately there’s only going to be one of us out there, but at the same time he’s been very respectful of me and the other vets coming in with the accolades that he’s got and the high draft status.

“He’s done a very good job of remaining humble and respectful of the guys that have been here as well. And someday Mark will be the old guy and there will be some wet behind the ears kid that got drafted and he’ll do the same thing for him.”

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9 Responses to “Kellen is a pro”

  1. Alex

    Clemens always has been that way, right from the start, which is one of the reasons why I’m such a big backer of the guy. He has real class. Quite a difference from that nut-job distant relative of his, Roger, who once threw half a broken bat at Piazza as Piazza ran to first base! How bizarre was that!

  2. JetOrange

    This story on Clemens is a little more relevent today. You can’t assume high character in all your players, out in Cleveland that all American QB Brady Quinn got caught tipping off the defense on plays that were called by his competitor QB Derek Anderson. It seems that Quinn in an attempt to improve his competitive advantage was undermining Anderson by giving the defense the call, that was relayed by hand signals. In New England this type of cheating would assure him of a starting job, lets see how Mangini handles this one, it will be interesting to see how Eric values character in his QB’s.

  3. david i

    Good point Jane. However, the key part you missed was that Vinnie Testaverde started the chain way back when Chad was picked as the hair apparent and Vinnie started paying it forward. Chad merely lerned from Vinnie and so on and so on. Yes, Kellen is a classy pro, but that torch has been passed down four generations now.

  4. david i

    these post board should have spell check…

    I meant heir apparent…not hair apparent….LOL!!!

  5. Jane McManus

    Good point david i. And Vinnie had great hair as well!

  6. Colour1

    You know guys and gals this is all “Nice-nice” but when August 23rd comes and Big T-REX has to make that call it ain’t going to be all that warm and cuddly in the lockeroom!!
    Yes Jane, I “peck” at this key board and hit send before I can spell-check too. Alison Bert would say it’s what blogging is all about, raw thoughts in print. I say it makes me look stupid???

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  8. JetOrange

    I am going back to this Brady Quinn, Derk Anderson thing.
    Once again we are fortunate to have two classy guys as QB’s, as Clemens passes on the professional legacy fostered by Pennington and Testeverde.
    Brady Quinn what a sleaze, undermining Anderson by tipping the defense to win the starting job. Brady’s deal requires a certain amount of playing/starting time for incentives to kick in, Brady hasn’t done too much in his first three years, the financial incentives just make it more creepy.

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Jane McManusJane McManus joined The Journal News in 1999, after working at The Daily News and Newsday. Since she's been here, she's covered everything from girls basketball to the Final Four, the U.S. Open of both golf and tennis and recreational sports from rock climbing to roller derby (which she liked so much she joined the team). READ MORE
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