New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson won’t see any birthday wishes online as he turns 23
Don’t bother sending any well-wishes his way on Twitter or Instagram, though. He’s not going to see it.
On Tuesday, Wilson revealed to the media that he deletes all social media apps off his phone during the season.
“I think it just comes down to limiting what voices I really need to hear,” Wilson said of the decision. “And right now, it’s here, hearing what my coaches have to say, what the other quarterbacks have to say, and what my teammates are thinking on every single play. Even parents sometimes can be a distraction.”
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When asked how he deals with scrutiny, Wilson joked that the only scrutiny he receives is from teammate Joe Flacco, telling the media that he “doesn’t read any of you guys’ stuff.”
“It’s only Flacco that’s scrutinizing me, in our ping-pong tournaments that we got going on outside of this,” Wilson said.
Wilson says that he picked up the habit during his collegiate days at BYU, stating that it helps him stay focused on the task at hand.
“I’m not a big social media guy,” Wilson said. “I don’t have access to that kind of stuff. I keep my mind here with the guys and in the playbook and with our coaches, learn from what those guys are telling me … I just want to be locked into what’s going on on our field and in our meeting rooms.”
Jets fans know that Wilson does occasionally make posts on his accounts throughout the season; regarding that, Wilson says he has a team that posts for him.
“I have a team that helps me with social media, posting stuff and all that. They’ll send me content, ‘Hey do you want to put this up, or that up?’. I generate stuff with our guys on our team. You know, ‘Hey I think that would be cool to post, show off so-and-so.’ But really when it comes down to just reading things, I don’t ever get into that stuff. I don’t ever just scroll down social media.
“I just feel like it’s a great way to kind of disconnect, and then it’s like, my mind is one-hundred percent here, focused on what’s supposed to be focused on. I’m spending time with what my coaches are saying in the meeting room rather than everybody else.”