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Former Jets SS Jamal Adams: ‘I fought depression in New York’

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 22: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets after a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium on December 22, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Steelers 16-10.
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Former Jets strong safety Jamal Adams recently hopped on a podcast to tell the football world that he fought depression in New York.

Jamal Adams was no fan of the New York Jets. This is no secret for anybody who remembers the Adams drama that followed the 2019 NFL trade deadline.

Now, the LSU product is claiming that he fought depression while the Jets were his employer. Adams hopped on CBS Sports’ “All Things Covered” podcast with Bryant McFadden to make the revelation.

“Man, we finished 7-9, right, and we came into the locker room, and everybody was happy, clapping it up and it was just like, ‘What do I really want?'” Adams said. “Can I stand this again? Because bro I fought depression in New York, and I’m man enough to say … I fought depression bro.”

Adams, 25, forced his way out of New Jersey with an onslaught of social media posts and moves that eventually forced Douglas’s hand. A general manager preaching culture to the point of obvious repetition could not go on any longer with such a disgruntled player employed.

New York traded Adams (along with a fourth-round pick) to the Seattle Seahawks for Bradley McDougald, two first-round picks and a third-rounder prior to training camp. Adams is still among the best at his position in the league, and while he is winning (6-3), he isn’t putting forth the same production he did in New York.

His 44.7 overall PFF grade falls drastically short of what he accomplished with the Jets.

He’s also missed four games this year due to injury—two more games than he missed in the entirety of his three-year run in New York.

“There have been so many times where I’ve come home after a tough loss and sat in my room in the dark [with] no phone, no TV, and pops would come in and be like, ‘Hey man, you alright?'” Adams added. “He hated to see me like that. It killed my pops so much I come to find out he was calling my agent at the time saying, ‘Hey man, I don’t like seeing my son like this [and] I need him out of this situation.

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“It got so bad where it took a toll on my life outside of football to where I had to make a move. I had to get out of there because I knew what I wanted; I wanted to win. It was like, man, they do not want to win.”

On at least one occasion, Adams has featured a heated mood towards head coach Pete Carroll.

Adams also finds himself on the hot seat after an Antonio Cromartie-like tackle attempt from the Seahawks’ 23-16 loss this past Sunday.

Adams’s contentious attitude and drama-filled run with the Jets will not soon be forgotten. He and the Seahawks are currently preparing for a Thursday night showdown against the Kyler Murray-led Arizona Cardinals.

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Dark Demonik
3 years ago

Jets living in Jamal’s head rent free. Seahawks fans i tried to warn ya guys and thanks for the picks it makes up the the trade the Jets gave the Colts 3 years ago

3 years ago

Will this clown ever stop talking about his time with the Jets? He knows it grabs headlines & clicks, though so don’t expect it to stop.