“Mike's doing a great thing,” Jets Cornerback Antonio Cromartie told Niteside at the fashion fundraiser at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan Monday night. “He's ... letting everybody know what he did was wrong. He's a really supportive player. He has a second chance, and he's doing his job in Philly. ... You got to respect that.”
Vick, who was jailed for nearly two years on charges stemming from running a dog fighting ring, has been visiting schools to talk about the immorality of the blood sport. He has also helped bring the Eagles to victory against the Giants and the Washington Redskins in a record-breaking win two weeks ago.
“Honestly, I'm not surprised,” said Jets widereceiver Logan Payne of the Philly quarterback. “He's one of the best athletes ever in the world. He's an amazing player. And you know he did make some mistakes in the past, but he's going above and beyond to create awareness about dog fighting and he's doing a great job, on and off the field.”
Both Payne and Cromartie joined teammates and loved ones to to strut down the cat walk at the Pierre Hotel for the fashion fundraiser "Jets Tear Up the Pierre." The sold-out event raised money for the Robin Hood Foundation and Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody and wife Nicole's charity, PROS. Featured designers were Sean Jean, Apple Bottoms, Akoo and Pelle Pelle.
Mark Sanchez headlined the event as a co-chair but never showed as scheduled.
So do the Jets have a chance to win this season's Super Bowl?
“Our biggest thing is just to play football the way we know how, and be aggressive on the defensive side and make plays on both sides of the ball,” said Cromartie. “But I definitely feel we can.”