November 23, 2010
The New York Jets had a rough game on Sunday. Heading into the fourth quarter, they led the Houston Texans 20-7, but they then gave up 20 fourth quarter points, and were losing with just seconds left in the game. Then QB Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for a touchdown with 10 seconds on the clock, giving the Jets the win. That come from behind victory helped solidify the Jets spot atop the AFC East.
Just who inspired that come from behind victory? Frankie Edgar, the UFC lightweight champ. Jets coach Rex Ryan brought in Edgar to speak to his player the night before the game, and Edgar talked to the team about mental toughness.
According to Sanchez, it made a difference. Via press release:
Talk about a guy who is mentally tough and physically tough. He came in and spoke to the team last night. It was a perfect time. He talked about never giving up, being counted out, playing until the end; fighting and believing in yourself and your team and the people around you.
Edgar, a native New Jerseyan and a former wrestling coach at Rutgers University, enjoyed the game from the front row of the New Meadowlands. His next challenge is Gray Maynard, who Edgar will fight on Jan. 1 at UFC 125.
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