Jamal Adams interrupts Sunday Night Football introductions with a bold claim
On Sunday, New York Jets fans gathered around their couches at 8:20 p.m. ET to root on the Pittsburgh Steelers in hopes of seeing a Seattle Seahawks loss that would boost the Jets’ 2022 first-round pick courtesy of Seattle.
That selection, of course, was sent to the Jets in the deal that made safety Jamal Adams a Seahawk.
Since joining Seattle, Adams has become a consistent target of vitriol from Jets fans after he left New York on ugly terms in 2020. Jets fans have never missed and will never miss an opportunity to throw shade toward the outspoken defensive back.
Adams made it all too easy for fans to jab at him this week.
When introducing himself during NBC’s traditional Sunday Night Football introduction segment – which features a video of all starters stating their name and alma mater – Adams proclaimed himself as “the best in the nation.”
"Jamal Adams. I'm the best in the NATION." @Prez
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— NFL (@NFL) October 18, 2021
Adams had a strong case for the title of the NFL’s best safety during his time with the Jets, but since leaving for Seattle, he has been nowhere close to the player he was in New York.
Through six games, the blitzing extraordinaire has zero sacks and zero quarterback hits. Adams has also struggled in coverage, allowing multiple long catches while recording zero interceptions and only one pass breakup.
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After Adams placed a mammoth target on his back to begin the game, any mistake he made throughout the night would hit the social media waves in an instant.
The biggest lowlight of the night was a dropped interception opportunity off of Ben Roethlisberger.
Not one for the Jamal Adams highlight reel. pic.twitter.com/WbKYVfcShv
— Robby Sabo (@RobbySabo) October 18, 2021
As it turns out, Adams’ proclamation was not a self-declaration of dominance, but rather, it was a reference to a 2008 interview by late running back Trabis Ward (the quote itself can be heard he around the 0:52 mark).
Adams and the Geno Smith-led Seahawks fell by a score of 23-20 in overtime.
Geno 20-32 for 202 and a touchdown, decent job as a game manager. Good for Geno. Another Seattle loss , looks like a possible top 15 pick.
Kinda what I wanted. Geno to do well but to lose.