Jets Fans Celebrate the Final Day of the 2016 Draft at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center
The energy at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center today was high as the Jets hosted their third annual Family Fun Day. Over 2,500 fans and families attended the event for the chance to get player autographs, meet Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders, tour the locker room and participate in Gen Jets Kids Club.
Jets players past and present came out to the event—including Bruce Harper, the all-time kick-return-yardage leader in Jets history, and former Jets linebacker Bart Scott, who announced the Jets' fourth-round selection in the draft. For Scott, announcing the Jets' pick live at Family Fun Day was a special, and humbling, experience.
"It's cool, you know. It just affirms that they consider me an old person," Scott said. "They consider me alumni to come back and announce the pick. It dated me a little bit, but it's OK. I'm a young dude amongst the retired dudes."
A number of current players were available for autograph signings, with CB Buster Skrine, S Calvin Pryor, LB Lorenzo Mauldin, CB Dexter McDougle, LB Trevor Reilly, S Dion Bailey, S Rontez Miles, FB Tommy Bohanon and K Nick Folk all in attendance. The Taylors were one of many families who stood in line to get Jets memorabilia signed by the players.
"My wife is a huge Jets fan and Charlie's a Jets fan, so we came out to check out the Jets," said Scott Taylor of New City, N.Y., who attended with his wife and his daughter, Charlie. "She already got like five [autographs]. That's all she's doing is waiting in line for the autographs."
For players, Family Fun Day was just another way to give back to the fans.
"It's great. There's a lot of Jet Nation out here so it feels good to have them out here," said Lorenzo Mauldin. "They do so much for us when it's gameday, so it feels good to give them the same effort when they come out."