New York Jets QB Sam Darnold visits pediatric hospital in New Jersey

(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Sam  Darnold is already representing the New York Jets like a franchise quarterback.

The New York Jets have selected Sam Darnold to be their franchise quarterback. That role consists of more than just play on the field. The player must be a good representative off the field as well. That means staying out of trouble, but it also means that he must be active in the community. According to the AP, Darnold is already getting that done the right way.

Sam went and visited the Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ. Did anyone see the attempt at a pick by video that the Jets made on day three, only for the connection to fail? Well, the patient who was about to read the pick was 14-year-old Raymond Schwartz, a patient at Goryeb. Darnold along with Tony Richardson visited and took pictures with Schwartz.

He even took a photo with a patient that was wearing a Giants hooded sweatshirt. Here are some pictures from the event:

Isn’t it nice for the Jets to actually have a guy ready to be the franchise quarterback? A player that is actually doing the right thing to lead this team not only now but into the future?

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It may be a small step but it is a step that is worth mentioning. You can tell a lot about a guy with how he handles himself off the field. He is not focusing on being a NY celebrity. That can be a problem for a kid coming to the big city for the first time.

The early signs lead us to believe that is not how Sam Darnold operates. He wants to play and be a part of our community from day one. Whether he makes it on the field or not still remains to be seen, but he is definitely mature enough to handle his job. One small step for the Jets.