Jets rookie putting ‘first things first’ Dan Leberfeld

We all know he’s going to start at some point, and has a big upside.

However, Jets rookie center Joe Tippmann isn’t thinking about any of that stuff right now.

“First things first, I need to earn the trust and respect from the rest of my teammates before anything,” said Tippmann, the Jets’ 2023 second-round pick out of Wisconsin.

In a day and age where entitlement has run rampant, some might find this quote refreshing.

And they also might find it refreshing that with the college transfer portal gone wild, Tippmann didn’t bail on Wisconsin when he was playing in reserve his first two seasons. He waited his turn, and his patience and hard work were rewarded when he emerged as Badgers starting center in 2021, and became one the best linemen in college football.

This guy is old school and believes in paying his dues.


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