Jamal Adams said he wasn’t sure what it would feel like to win a division title, but now that he has, he has a review for everybody.
“Damn right, I haven’t been here before,” Adams said. “So damn it! It feels good! It feels great!”
The 25-year-old then lit up and cigar in the press conference. It was a moment of sheer joy from the talented safety after suffering for years as a New York Jet. He was outstanding in the game, as well.
Adams made the biggest play of the Seahawks 20-19 win over the Rams Sunday. And it could be the best play he’s made in his Pro Bowl career. Adams chased down Rams running back Darrell Henderson from the other side of the line to tackle him from behind at the 1-yard line. It was a rare feat of athleticism that helped the Seahawks hold onto a tie in the third quarter.
“There was no way that I was going to let him walk into that end zone no matter what happens,” Adams said of the play, according to the Seattle Times. “It’s whatever it takes.”
He said last week he was loss for words after making the playoffs for the first time in his career.
Jamal Adams Suffered Depression While Playing for Jets
Adams told reporters Sunday that he believes Seattle’s defense could take on any team in the league.
“To me, we’re the best defense in the league,” Adams said. “You can quote that.”
Which must be nice for him coming after suffering depression during his time in New York. He couldn’t take being a laughingstock, he told the “All Things Covered” podcast. It got so bad, he said, that his parents even stepped in and beg the team to trade him.
“I fought depression in New York,” Adams told the podcast. “And I’m man enough to say it. I came home after a tough loss and just sat in my room in the dark — no phone, no TV. (My dad) hated to see me like that. It killed my pops so much. … He was calling my agent at the time and saying, ‘Hey man, I don’t like seeing my son like this. I need him out of this situation.’ It took a toll on my life outside of football.”
Luckily for him, the Jets traded him earlier this year. And Adams got some sense of revenge when the Seahawks dismantled the Jets 40-3 earlier this month. He also became the safety to record eight sacks the fastest in a season in the game against New York on Dec. 14. That is despite him missing four games this season.