Jets rookie QB Mark Sanchez spoke to reporters on Thursday for the first time since joining the veterans this week for the team’s OTA sessions. So, it was only a matter of time until the subject of the GQ pictorial that was published earlier this week was broached.
Not surprisingly, Sanchez said he’s taken some ribbing over the photo shoot that went down several months ago.
“That’s just supposed to happen as a rookie,” Sanchez said. “I sure lobbed one up for them to hit it right out of the park (laughing). It was good. They had some good pictures up in the locker room. It was funny. They called me David Hasselhoff and all that, so it was good.”
The team’s official web site has a first-hand account of what went on in the Jets locker room between Sanchez and his teammates.
As for the balance between football and, well, everything else, Sanchez says he isn’t concerned about spreading himself too thin, because it’s all about football now.
“I understand that (people might think that),” Sanchez acknowledged. “The first thing I would say is that it was two months ago. It was one of those things. I was getting ready to get drafted, and it is almost like one of the ‘bucket list’ kind of deals. You are going to do a photo shoot with a super model. Are you kidding me? (laughing) That’s one of those, you’ve-got-to (situations). It was so long ago and the guys in here even told me, ‘Hey, you earned it. You did well in college. You are in the spotlight. Have fun with it.’
“Now they know and the Jets know, or they wouldn’t have drafted me, that I’m all about football. I told them ahead of time what was going to happen so we were all on the same page. It was a fun thing, but that’s over. It’s all about football.”