Zach Wilson, NY Jets, Hallmark Movie
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Zach Wilson’s name is already making its way onto the silver screen

New York Jets fans could use some warm sentiments about their team’s future. Fortunately, the world leader of such greetings came through thanks to its television department.

A TV movie entitled “The Wedding Veil Legacy”, released by Hallmark Channel as part of the greeting card company’s original films division, offers an optimistic outlook on the future of franchise quarterback Zach Wilson, who is fresh off his first year in the New York backfield.

Wilson is mentioned by name in a scene where the male protagonist, Nick Serchio (portrayed by Victor Webster), takes a break from saccharine romantic comedy antics to play gridiron prophet.

The pivotal moment takes place in a high-end New York City clothing shop. While being fitted for a suit, Nick acknowledges that his tailor Luigi (Salvatore Vetro) is a New York Giants fan. Luigi is surprised that Nick’s loyalties instead lie with the Jets, but the client doesn’t back down.

“I think Zach Wilson’s got a great future with them as a quarterback,” Nick confidently declares, imitating Wilson’s throwing motion in the process. “Maybe,” Luigi retorts. “But the Jets aren’t the Giants and never will be.”

“Exactly,” Nick retorts, leaving Luigi in shock, causing the former to wonder if his pants will still be pinned.

Assuming the “Wedding Veil” cinematic universe produced the same NFL season as its counterpart in reality, Nick was likely inspired by Wilson’s performance after returning from a sprained PCL injury in late November. Over his final five games, Wilson was personally responsible for five touchdowns and threw no interceptions over his last 162 passing attempts.

The Jets chose Wilson with the second overall pick of last spring’s draft, their highest selection of a quarterback since made Joe Namath the first choice in the 1965 AFL selection proceedings.

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Wilson isn’t the first New York Jet to make an impact on a Hallmark Channel movie. Former running back Ed Marinaro (best known to modern audiences for his starring role on “Blue Mountain State”) previously starred in “Snowcoming” alongside “90210” star Trevor Donovan and former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann.

“The Wedding Veil Legacy” attracted over 2.9 million viewers on Saturday night, the second-best tally for a 2022 Hallmark premiere behind only the original installment released in January. Based on the book by Kristy Woodson Harvey, the film series centers on the titular garment said to destine its wearer to find true love and stars Alison Sweeney (“Days of Our Lives”), Lacey Chabert (“Mean Girls”), and Autumn Reeser (“Entourage”).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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