New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith lugs along a suit for road games, even though he plans on wearing it for just five minutes.
Smith's odd postgame routine does make logical sense. As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, after Sunday's game against Buffalo, Smith showered and put on a three-piece suit. He met the media for a podium interview for a little less than five minutes, and then put on a sweatsuit for the plane ride home. He has a similar routine for each game.
This makes total sense for the quarterback, whose postgame sound bites are almost guaranteed to end up on television.
"As a quarterback, you always want to represent the team in a positive light," Smith told the Wall Street Journal. "I don't want to wear (a suit) on the plane. It's very uncomfortable wearing a three-piece suit, sitting in the little seat, so I put on my sweats."
The team and veteran backup David Garrard encouraged Smith to suit up for postgame press conferences, and the message got across. He didn't wear his dress shoes to the press conference after last week's game against the Bills, going for socks with a floral pattern on them. But he pointed out television cameras aren't likely to shoot his feet.
Smith sometimes goes with a dark sweater instead of a suit, the Wall Street Journal said, but no matter which fashion statement Smith makes he said, "My mom likes it."
There's no dress code for postgame interviews in the NFL (although wearing non-licensed athletic apparel is a no-no), so some players dress up and others won't. But Garrard, who was a starter for Jacksonville earlier in his career, has expressed to the rookie Smith that quarterbacks should be held to a higher standard.
"We are kind of like CEOs of the organization," Garrard told the Wall Street Journal. "You don't see a CEO coming from the strength and conditioning room running up there [to the podium] with a towel over his neck."
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