- Feb 29, 2008
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- Staten Island New York
I wanted to let you know the type of player you guys are getting in Jonathan Vilma. This is from a die hard Jets fan, I go to EVERY game. He was one of my favorite players, I posted this on a Jets Message Board. The Jets fans, and organization lost a great person, and player.Players in the league come and go... a lot of them don't really have a connection to their fans. Jonathan Vilma was not that player. Vilma over his 4 years here in the Jets organization proved what it means to be a team player.
2004 & 2005
He was a leader on the field, and off the field he was a great helper. He would sign every autograph for every fan no matter how long it took. In 2004 Vilma was selected by the Jets, he was built to be the best linebacker for the Jets in years... Vilma became just that. In the 4-3 defense he excelled, and quickly gained League Wide Status as an elite LB for the Jets. He was chosen as A.P. Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2004... he was straight up Beastly. In 2005 he was selected to his 1st Pro Bowl (certainly not his last).
2006 brought many changes to the ENTIRE Jets team, but the biggest hit the team took was the misplacement of the STAR on defense Jonathan Vilma. Having played his entire College career at the U in a 4-3 defense and his stellar 1st two years in the NFL.. our new coach brought with him to the Jets his 3-4 defense. Vilma tried his hardest to "gel" into this new scheme.. that he was not used to. Vilma is a PURE 4-3 player.
Failure to adapt and injuries led to the Jets having to let go of their Defensive Captain, and fan favorite.
We ALL know it was hard for the Coaching staff to let a player like him go. But it was inevitable, it would not have worked out in his favor just sitting in an uncomfortable position on this team. Having met him numerous times, I know he LOVED playing here.. what wasn't there to love about the Jets? The fans LOVED him.. what more could he want than to be accepted as our Captain?
To Jonathan Vilma from all of us Jets fans: Get healthy and kick some NFC ***! Your fans back in the North East will be rooting for ya! Unfortunate you had to leave.. but go and finish your career, which we all know will be a very good one!
Vilma's first game as a New York Jet, September 12th 2004.
Congrats New Orleans Saints fans, you deserve to have a player like Jon.
That writing up there is from my heart. I meant every word I said, it was great having the chance to meet Jon.