Austin Seferian-Jenkins disliked the person he had become. He was out of shape, had been in trouble with the law and was being labeled a bust. The New York Jets’ tight end had treatment for alcohol abuse and says he has turned his life around.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Austin Seferian-Jenkins disliked the person he had become.
He was out of shape, had been in trouble with the law and was being labeled a second-round bust. The troubled tight end, a former Washington Husky, knew he needed to make changes — and quickly.
“It really didn’t have anything to do with football,” said Seferian-Jenkins, reflecting on the last several months, which included treatment for alcohol abuse. “It just had to do with, as a person, there comes a certain time in your life when your life could go one direction or the other and I felt it going in a direction I didn’t want it to go.
“So I figured out what I needed to do.”
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He says he has turned his life around off the field and is thankful for the chance he has on the field with the New York Jets.
“I made a plan and I stuck to it and I’ve continued to stick to that plan,” said the 24-year-old Seferian-Jenkins, a graduate of Gig Harbor High School. “My personal life is great. I’m happy and I’m doing everything I should off the field, so the football stuff is easy for me. Is it easy every single day to come out here and work hard and do everything? Not necessarily. People get tired and all that. But compared to other stuff I’ve been through and things I’ve worked through, this is easy.”
Seferian-Jenkins said he quit drinking in January and received outpatient rehab treatment. His new svelte physique is the most visible change. The 6-foot-5 Seferian-Jenkins is down 33 pounds from last season, when he was listed at 262, after improving his diet and tinkering with his workout routine. He mixed in aerobics and yoga to improve his flexibility.
“I mean, man, it’s a lot easier running around, lighter,” he said. “More than just losing the weight, it’s a mindset of how I’m going to attack the day, how I’m going to attack the practice.”
Seferian-Jenkins looked solid during offseason workouts and minicamp, and has carried that over to the early part of training camp.
“He made a dedication to himself, so that’s a credit to him,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said. “He’s come in lighter, he’s…