If you thought it would be neat to hear what McMillan thought about a schoolmate 25 years his junior winning the same award, well, we can tell you: McMillan is all a-Twitter.
"I know exactly what it's like — it was absolutely phenomenal," McMillan told me tonight at the loud and proud night session at Jets House, our green oasis in Manhattan in this Orange (for Denver) and Blue (for Seattle) week before Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII meeting between the Broncos and Seahawks at MetLife Stadium.
"I think making Rookie of the Year was more precious to me than making the Pro Bowl, because there's one guy in the whole world, that's all — me. I got that, I earned that. And you're only a rookie one time.
"So kudos to Sheldon, man. And I'm going to put it on my social media, I'm going to blast that out. I'm so proud of him."
Perhaps you'd also be curious about what someone like, oh, Mark Gastineau thought of Richardson's honor. Gastineau was a DE, of course, but played alongside some pretty good DTs on the Sack Exchange, won a big prize of his own — the 1984 AFC Defensive Player of the Year from UPI — and also happened to be at Jets House tonight.
"But as far as what I've heard about this player, I know he's got a lot of drive and a lot of heart. And you know what? You can't keep somebody like that down, so he's going to be around and he's going to help the Jets for a long time."
We don't have reaction from every one of Richardson's defensive partners or his coaches, but we did get a good variety of exclusive comment from some of Sheldon's current teammates and some more from a few of proud Jets alumni, all of whom were on the scene at Jets House.
Several offensive teammates were also on hand and gave Sheldon Richardson a hand for his achievement.
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Finally we bring you two more alums who were just as proud as any wearer of the green and white at Jets House could be on this night.
Former CB Bobby "Bo-Jack" Jackson — "No doubt. he deserved it. He had a great season and I'm glad we got him. I think moving forward, with him,
Former D-Lineman Bobby "Dawg" Hamilton — "You know, I've been following this guy a long time, watching the TV at home when he was at Missouri, because I'm a football addict. That guy was good, and you know the history of the New York Jets, they always bring in good players on the D-line, it never fails, and they've got another outstanding player here — he deserved to go to the Pro Bowl this year, too, and he deserved the award, and all he has to do is continue to work and show what he's about."