The beauty of NFL training camps are fans having the opportunity to sit in on practices and watch their favorite teams and players work to prepare for the long regular season ahead. Fans interact with players, and memories are made that last a lifetime.
Jamal Adams, the New York Jets’ second-year safety, is one of the Jets’ most popular players after starting every game his rookie season. At training camp, he made one fan’s entire year just by showing some love.
At Jets training camp held at Rutgers University, Adams met a fan who got his own Jamal Adams jersey autographed, as well as a pair of gloves from the man himself.
You can’t help but smile watching his reaction to meeting Adams.
NFL players are often criticized by a lot fans for being self-centered, arrogant and too political, as evidenced by recent national anthem controversies, but there are so many athletes in the league that do so much good for their team and communities.
Adams, a Lewisville, Texas native, is already an active member of his community working with the United Way to promote children’s programs and new facilities.
Adams is no stranger to showing love to his fans either.
Last season, a young fan gave Adams a bracelet to wear, and in return got a pair of Adams’ own cleats.
The LSU Tigers alum was the sixth overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft by the Jets. In his first season, Adams was named the Pro Football Writer’s Association’s All-Rookie team racking up 83 tackles, six pass deflections and two sacks while starting every game for the Jets.
Year two for Adams under head coach Todd Bowles will hope to improve on a Jets defense that ranked in the bottom half of the league in 2017.
On-field performance aside, Adams is slowly climbing the ladder as one of the NFL’s feel-good stories and one of the league’s most approachable players.