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NFL Safety Jamal Adams Fought Depression While on New York Jets: ‘They Were the Laughingstock’

by Josh Lanier
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Things got so bad for Jamal Adams when he played for the New York Jets that his dad tried to intervene and get him traded, according to USA Today. The NFL safety recently opened up on the “All Things Covered” podcast about his struggles to deal with constantly losing when he played for Gang Green.

Adams played with the Jets from 2017-2020 and during that time the team went 16-32. They traded the two-time Pro Bowler to the Seattle Seahawks this summer. Just in time, too. The Jets are currently 0-9 this season — the only team in the NFL still without a win.

“I fought depression in New York,” Adams said on 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.”

Adams said he’s much happier now on the NFC West-leading Seahawks.

“They do not want to win,” Adams said of the Jets. “Let’s be honest, the Jets were the laughingstock. (In Seattle), this is how the NFL is supposed to be. This is the dream I was dreaming.”

Jamal Adams: ‘I Was Sick of Hearing ‘The Rebuild Year’

The Jets drafted Jamal Adams sixth overall out of LSU in 2017. Since then, he’s been a stand-out player, and he was a bright spot on some dismal Jets teams. But the Jets, he said, didn’t want to pay him what he was worth.

He told podcast host Bryan McFadden that the team considered offering him an extension in 2019 but balked at the last minute. The Jets general manager admitted to Adam’s agent that the team wasn’t going to pay him his value until 2022, Adams said.

Looking back, Adams said, he’s thankful that happened. He realizes now how unhappy he was playing with the Jets. His entire family struggled when he was there.

“I knew I couldn’t do it anymore when my mom called and said ‘Son, I don’t want you there anymore.’ I knew it was my time to go,” Adams said.

Adams said he didn’t move across the country for the money. He demanded a trade because he wanted a chance to play football the way he wanted to play it for a team that could win.

“Money’s a plus, but I love the game of football. I love what I do,” Adams said. “I was sick of hearing ‘the rebuild year.'”