The wins are starting to roll in for the New York Jets in 2009. After earning the privilege of hometown bragging rights in their 27-25 victory over the New York Giants, Gang Green was presented with an unexpected challenge on late night network television.
Second-year tight end Dustin Keller, defensive captain Kerry Rhodes, and starting wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery took to the second grandest stage of them all on Jimmy Fallon’s NBC show for some John Madden-inspired karaoke.
The outcome? Well, the three Jets did their best Temptations impressions and melted the hearts of all in attendance. See for yourself.
Their late night television appearance lends to the newly discovered visibility the Jets have acquired off the football field. And most importantly, the visibility is not because of an aged, past-his-prime Brett Favre.
Over the summer, multiple Jets players were featured in short Reebok commercials titled “The Lighter Side of Training Camp.” The three advertisements highlighted the hijinx that occur when players aren’t battered in grueling two-a-day practices during intense summer heat.
For Jets’ fans, such attention from the media is simply unfamiliar.
Through years of playing in as much obscurity as the New York media market could allow, finding any representative of Gang Green under a positive national spotlight should always be enough to warrant a good look.
Unless you’re content with a lone Sesame Street appearance, that is.