Mike White, the NEW King of New York

Mike White

Allow me to introduce you to the new King of New York, Mike White. If you do not know the name Mike White, you should not feel bad. Before Sunday, very few people knew about the fifth-round pick from 2018.

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White did the unthinkable for the Jets on Sunday. He led the team to a victory. It’s only one victory, but winning and the Jets are not synonymous terms, so you have to tip your cap to the 26-year-old.

Mike White

New York is fickle. Fans in the Big Apple love their sports, but they care about what you have done for them TODAY. This fanbase boos Francisco Lindor after one week in the city for crying out loud!

On Sunday, White was a champion, so considering New York’s mindset, the quarterback is now the King of New York.

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White looked like a puppy dog on the sidelines listening to the crowd at MetLife Stadium chant his name. It was something that he did not think would occur, as he attested in the postgame presser.

“At first, I kind of had to listen again. Like, are they chanting my name?”

The quarterback led a heroic comeback throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon.

He even caught a two-point conversion on the go-ahead touchdown to cap off his record day. White joined Cam Newton as the only player since 1950 to throw for 400 yards in their first career start.

Mike White

White started the day throwing two interceptions and making Jets fans feel like it was a typical afternoon at MetLife Stadium. However, he stayed composed, and when New York started to gain momentum, the air in the city became cleaner.

The game came down to the fourth quarter as the Jets scored 17 points, but there was no denying New York had the momentum for the majority of the second half.

New York running back Ty Johnson praised his quarterback after the game.

“He’s a dog. He’s an animal. He’s a savage. I told him before the game, ‘You’re a gunslinger, so let’s ride.”

I am not saying there is a quarterback competition in New York, but Zach Wilson has not been praised like White this season. Additionally, it’s not like White has a lot of experience in the NFL. The gunslinger threw his first professional pass last week once Wilson left the game.

Mike White

For the Bengals, today was a massive letdown following their week seven win over the Ravens. Although, this is why we play the game. On any given day, any team can win in professional football.

Jets head coach Zac Taylor did not make any excuses after the game. His team did not show up to play football on Sunday.

“Got outcoached, got outplayed today. They’re a hungry team. We knew they were capable of this.”


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Tanner Kern is a former Division I football player at Lafayette College and a graduate of the University of Connecticut. He is currently a writer for Knup Sports and the Sports 2.0 Network. He is the host of Between the Lines, the official show of Baseball Spotlight, and the main contributor for the website. Connect with Tanner on IG @tannerkern and Twitter @tannerkern_.