Willie Colon of New York Jets Talks about His Christian Faith, Upcoming NFL Season: ‘Every Day Is Important to Me’
Starting right guard Willie Colon decided to stay with the New York Jets earlier this year. He talked to the Gospel Herald about the upcoming NFL season, his personal life, and his Christian faith after the Jets' first training camp of the 2015-16 NFL season on Thursday, July 31, 2015.
In a video interview conducted by Darrel Johnson and other reporters on Thursday, the Hofstra University graduate talked about what life was like practicing for the Jets. He has played for nearly 10 years in the NFL.
"I guess it's being back with the guys," Colon said. "There's a lot going on, and I look forward to the opportunity to getting started."
After a short lull during the impromptu news conference, Colon addressed his status during the practice sessions. According to a report from the Associated Press, Colon was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list on Wednesday due to pain in his left knee at the time.
"I feel good, really good," Colon said. "They're just easing me into camp, and I feel that I'll be ready to go soon."
According to the Associated Press, 32-year-old Colon has been the starter at right guard the last two seasons. He will be competing for the spot alongside Oday Aboushi, Brian Winters and Brent Qvale.
When asked about his health status, Colon cited his age as one of the factors.
"The issue is what it is," Colon quipped. "I didn't do anything at all to the sprain. It's about me getting acclimated and just being smart about it before I get going."
Another reporter asked Colon about his connection to Hofstra University.
"I like going back," Colon said. "Especially seeing where it all started for me and seeing the fans."
The video then cuts to Johnson securing a short interview with Colon. He asked the linebacker at what time of his life was faith in God important to him.
"Every day is important to me," Colon quipped. "I don't think there is any one particular day. Life is about ups and downs, and there are so many things that happen. If you don't have a solid foundation in your faith, or even the belief that there's somebody about controlling you and your faith, you just go into the chapel feeling hopeless."
Colon admitted that he is "faith-driven because I've been through so much personally both on and off the field." Read more here.