NBA superstar LeBron James joined NFL players in supporting New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson after he was slammed by the media during Sunday Night Football in Week 4. Wilson nearly turned lemons into lemonade in front of a national TV audience on Sunday night, only to make one critical blunder. The move sealed his team’s destiny in a 23-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Wilson was spotted on the sidelines of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” telecast, telling his backup, Tim Boyle, “I lost the game. It’s my fault, bro.” Following the game, Lakers superstar LeBron James posted the video footage on his Instagram Stories and an encouraging message for Wilson. “Helluva game kid!” James wrote. “You win as a team and lose as well as a team! 1 play doesn’t define the whole game!”
LeBron James with some words of encouragement for Zach Wilson
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Wilson was critical of himself after the Chiefs recovered a fumbled snap in the fourth quarter. The Jets never received the ball back, as the Chiefs were able to run out the clock and beat NYJ. Despite this, Wilson performed one of the finest games of his career in front of a global audience. He’s been getting a lot of support. Having LeBron James among the supporters should give Wilson a lot of confidence.
Zach Wilson’s blunder in an outstanding game resulted in a loss
Under tremendous pressure, Jets quarterback Zach Wilson was outplaying the finest quarterback in the game, Patrick Mahomes, at one point. Despite a good performance for the majority of the night, the 24-year-old suffered a critical setback when he fumbled a shotgun snap with 7:24 remaining in the game, leaving the Jets down 23-20.
This fumble allowed the Chiefs to reclaim possession of the ball and successfully run out the time, assisted by a firm run by Mahomes. “It’s on me. To be driving down there and to drop a snap, I can’t do that. It can’t happen,” Wilson said after the game.
Wilson’s situation is unusual, as last season, he was regarded as one of the biggest NFL Draft flops in history. Now, he has an opportunity to rewrite that narrative. His performance against the defending Super Bowl champions on Sunday night demonstrated that he is still an excellent player.
During a postgame news conference last season, Wilson refused to accept responsibility for a poor performance. A year later, the quarterback has shown maturity though. This game should boost spirits for the Jets and put them on the right track as they strive to enhance their performance and overcome Aaron Rodgers’ injury.