What does a UFC champion do during his time off? If you’re lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar you get to hang out with the New York Jets, motivating them ahead of their big games.
Last year Edgar was invited by the New York Jet’s to give a motivational speech after he produced back-to-back wins over UFC legend BJ Penn in the Octagon.
Edgar focused his talk on the idea of “mental toughness” and it appeared to rub off on the players who went on to beat the Houston Texans by 30-27 after scoring the winning touchdown in the closing moments of the match.
Afterwards the team hailed Edgar for helping them, and it appears that wasn’t just them polite as he’s now been invited back for a second time ahead of their match with The Miami Dolphins this evening in the hopes that he can turn around what’s been a tough season for them so far.
Edgar should have plenty of fresh material to share with the players after having a remarkable 2011 campaign of his own, twice defending his title against Gray Maynard, and twice demonstrating his own ‘mental toughness’ by fighting back from a first round beatdown to keep the title around his waist.
If he can motivate the Jets to a win again this evening then don’t be surprised if they adopt the New Jersey native as the team’s official mascot!
The ties between American Football and Mixed Martial Arts have grown strong in recent years, with many of the sport’s biggest stars now training MMA in the off-season to improve their fitness and both physical and mental toughness, while the likes of UFC heavyweight fighters Matt Mitrione and Brendan Schaub have filtered through to the fighting scene after their football careers come to an end.