Huskers QB Mark Sanchez said he “didn’t think much of” signing with the New York Jets before the 2014 season but the franchise offered him a “dream job” with an offensive coordinator.
“I was like, ‘Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a job, and now I’m in it,'” Sanchez said on ESPN 980’s The Jim Gaffigan Show.
“I said, ‘I’m going to try it out and see what I can do, and I really don’t have much of a plan for the next few years.
But I can’t wait to get out here and do it.'”
The Jets were looking for a quarterback, and Sanchez was their only available option.
So Sanchez, the son of a former NFL running back, decided to leave the University of Texas and sign with the Jets in March 2014.
Sanchez, 28, had just been named a preseason All-American and was expected to be the team’s starting quarterback, but he had to leave after three games because of a hamstring injury.
He was able to return in time to play in a victory over the Washington Redskins, but after the game, Sanchez left the stadium, saying he wanted to be with his family and finish out the season with the team.
He signed with the St. Louis Rams the next week.
After the season, Sanchez, who was the top recruit in Texas in 2013, was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Settling down and becoming a part of a teamThe move to St. Marys, a small-college school, came with some hurdles, as Sanchez was a member of the Longhorns’ 2011 team that was ranked No. 12 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12.
Sacks family moved to Texas in 2014, but it wasn’t easy.
Mark Sr. was a former Texas football player who was arrested and charged with a DUI in 2013 and died in prison in 2014.
His mother, Lisa, and older sister, Sarah, also attended St. Charles High School in St. Augustine, Florida.
Mark and Sarah were the only children of Mark Sr.’s brother, Mark Sanchez, and sister, Amanda Sanchez.
Mark Sanchez Sr. had a tough time adjusting to life in Texas, but that was part of the reason he signed with St. Joseph’s, a Catholic high school in the Houston area.
“When I moved here, I didn’t know anything about Texas, so I was like ‘I don’t know how this is going to work,'” Mark Sanchez Sr., who lives in Dallas, said.
“But when I came here, it was just so nice and welcoming, and they had all these people to hang out with, so it was kind of the perfect place.”