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Mark Sanchez, “Big Rookie Paychecks May Be Over”

by Phil Sullivan on July 13, 2011

Courtesy Fox Business News

NY JETS QUARTERBACK MARK SANCHEZ TELLS FOX BUSINESS THE DAYS OF BIG ROOKIE PAYCHECKS “MAY BE OVER”

New York Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez spoke with FOX Business Network’s (FBN) Connell McShane about the NFL lockout and his recent involvement with Sam’s Club to promote healthy living. When asked about the NFL lockout, Sanchez said, “I am hearing nothing but positive things” and that “hopefully things will get wrapped up by the 21st.” He went on to discuss rookie pay scales saying “I just feel like it’s hard to justify unless you start playing really well, a big time contract like that” and “I think those days may be over.” Sanchez also discussed what might lead the Jets to the Super Bowl, saying the team needs to “play an entire game in the AFC Championship game – not just the half.”

Excerpts from the report are below.

On the NFL lockout:

“You’re asking the wrong guy, I wish I had more answers. I am hearing nothing but positive things, though, which is encouraging. So hopefully things will get wrapped up by the 21st. Until then I am working out like crazy and staying in shape. My offseason time clock has gone off, so I’m ready to go and get back to playing.”

On whether rookie pay scales will remain high:

“It’s a serious investment and I’ve seen both sides of it now. I just feel like it’s hard to justify unless you start playing really well, a big time contract like that. I think those days may be over because there are veteran players who have proven their skills and have proven their talent on the field and they deserve those contracts.”

On how the Jets can finally make it to the Super Bowl:

“Play an entire game in the AFC Championship game – not just the half.”

On his involvement with Sam’s Club:

“I’ve gotten this chance to actually partner with Sam’s Club. I’m trying to stay healthy and promote healthy lifestyle habits that eliminate chronic disease. With their Giving Made Simple Program, Sam’s Club is helping four different charities: The Y, Oasis, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and Sesame Street. Each vote you cast for your specific charity, Sam’s Club will donate $5 and up to $2 million to charity during the month of July. It works out great; you’re helping people from all different walks of life. It’s been a fun partnership.”

Phil Sullivan

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