For those ready to give New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez all the love for Sunday’s dramatic come-from-behind win over the Houston Texans, it appears UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar also helped inspire the Jets to victory inside the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
According to The New York Times, Edgar was asked by coach Rex Ryan to address his squad on Saturday night.
Sources fortunate enough to witness the Jersey boy’s speech said it focused on mental toughness. The world’s baddest 155-pounder reportedly relayed a story where he nearly sustained a broken leg in a fight and still went on to win.
Edgar puts his title on the line against Gray Maynard at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day. The scrap marks his second straight as the division’s king. Despite sweeping former ruler BJ Penn for arguably 50 championship minutes, “The Answer” will once again be entering the cage as the underdog.
According to safety Jim Leonhard, Frankie’s words of wisdom mirrored his football team’s mentality to a tee. It was a sentiment echoed by offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson.
“It was so appropriate,” Ferguson said of Edgar’s spiel. “That’s what this game was all about. Mental toughness.”
The Jets entered the fourth quarter with a commanding 20-7 lead, but allowed the visitors to rattle off 20 unanswered points. With just 55 ticks remaining on the clock, Sanchez led his team on a 72-yard touchdown drive for the win.
The AFC East co-leaders have won their last four games courtesy of last-minute drives.
The Jets’ very own Tony Robbins was asked to join the team on the sidelines to watch their latest “mentally tough” victory: