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Saturday, December 21, 2013
Two-Minute Drill: Muhammad Wilkerson

By Rich Cimini

Our weekly Q & A is with New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who has recorded a career-high 10 sacks:

You're a Jersey guy, playing for a hometown team. You're only 24 years old, with an unlimited future. Do you ever pinch yourself?

Muhammad Wilkerson
The Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson has 10 sacks this season.
MW: I talked to my friends, and they're still in awe or shock that I'm playing professional ball. It's starting to get by me now, but being this is only my third year, I still catch myself sometimes watching TV and I may see myself and I'm like, 'Damn, I'm really playing professional football.' I dreamed this when I was growing up as a young kid. Now it's really happening, and I'm being successful as well. It's cool.

What's the best thing about playing in the New York/New Jersey area?

MW: Even though we have some crazy fans, being around home, being around this organization, a great group of guys in the locker room, great fans ... They can be crazy and say some crazy stuff, but I love these Jets fans around here.

You went to a Rangers game the other night at the Garden. Did you get recognized?

MW: They put me up on the darned JumboTron (laughs). But I had no problem with it, it's cool. I was with Jaiquawn (Jarrett). He was getting on me. I was just smiling, laughing. I enjoyed it.

Next year is the final year of your rookie contract. Do you want to be here long-term?

MW: Yeah, definitely. I love Rex (Ryan) as a coach, I love this organization. I'm thankful and blessed they brought me here. I would like to be here for a long time, but we'll see. I can't control that.

The defensive line is the strength of the team, and all the key pieces are 26 or younger. You must be excited about the future:

MW: Yeah, definitely. We can be a great group, but we have to put in the work. We have the talent, but we have to work together and do our part, individually and as a team.

Are you happy with your season?

MW: I'm a team guy, man. You can't ask me about individual stuff.

Are you happy with the Jets' season?

MW: I'm not happy. I think we shot ourselves in the foot in some games, but we can't dwell on that. This offseason, we have to find ourselves and find out what went wrong, learn from them and get ready for next year.