Mark Sanchez recalls his hot-dog-eating moment in 2009
Joining the NFL Network show “Good Morning Football” in the week ahead of Super Bowl LVI, current FOX analyst and former New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had some fun as he recalled one of the funnier moments of his 2009 rookie season with Gang Green.
On Oct. 25, 2009, the Jets were in the late stages of what would become a 38-0 blowout victory over the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, which would snap a three-game Jets losing streak and improve their record to 4-3.
With New York putting the finishing touches on the win, cameras caught No. 6 in navy-and-gold (the Jets were donning their New York Titans throwbacks) chowing down on a hot dog while sitting on the bench.
Sanchez went into detail on the story behind it all.
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“So we started off 3-0, we lost our next three. I’m in the tank, I’m so nervous before the game, I can’t eat,” Sanchez says.
“Boom. We have our game, we’re up 38-0. I ask one of those guys in the blue shorts, ‘Yo, bro, I need some food.’, ‘Oh, we got a power bar, we got -‘, I said, ‘No, I need some food. You got a hot dog, you got a burger?’, ‘Yeah I could get you a hot dog.’
“That’s how it happens. And then I try to hide it, and [Dan] Dierdorf wore me out, man.”
Sanchez completed 9-of-16 passes for 143 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions in the blowout New York win.
The Jets were paced by an incredible rushing attack that amassed 316 yards and four scores on 54 carries. Shonn Green carried the ball 19 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns while Thomas Jones toted the rock 26 times for 121 yards and a score. Sanchez added a rushing score of his own.
Another three-game losing streak followed the Jets’ win over Oakland, but the Jets rebounded with a 5-1 finish that propelled them into the playoffs. They’d win two playoff games over Cincinnati and San Diego before falling to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.