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Jets Fans Lift Pennington's Spirits

By Sean M. Deegan
Publisher, Jets Insider.com
September 26th, 2003
Jets Insider.com Publisher Sean Deegan presents the plaque to Pennington on behalf of the Fans
Jets Insider.com Publisher Sean Deegan presents the plaque to Pennington on behalf of the Fans
When someone is sick or injured usually the first thought by friends or family is to send the person a card or flowers to try to brighten his or her day. Jets Fans took it a step further in regard to injured Jets QB Chad Pennington.

Pennington, the team’s starting QB and player who sparked the Jets miraculous run to a Division Championship last season was shelved for at least two months when he fractured and dislocated his wrist on August 23 in a pre-season game against the Giants. Instantly, dreams of the Superbowl or at least a deeper run into the playoffs were shattered. The fans, who embraced the fiery young QB who always thinks of the team ahead of himself shared the pain suffered by Pennington as they saw him grasp his wrist in agony that August evening. In the aftermath of the injury, Fans began talking on the Jets Insider.com messageboard about doing something for Pennington to try to lift his spirits and to convey to him how much he means to the NY Jets Fanbase.

Would a card and flowers do the trick? Probably, but that was way too typical and average. Maybe up in Boston or down in Miami that would suffice but New Yorkers are known to go the extra mile. What could we do that would really let Chad know how we felt? After much debate, the Fans at Jets Insider.com decided to create a custom plaque as a tribute to Chad and include a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma society in memory of Pennington’s Father in Law Bob Hampton, who succumbed to the disease the same evening Chad was injured.

Thanks to PayPal, nearly 40 NY Jets Fans chipped in for the plaque and donation. A beautiful custom plaque with brass etched under glass, mounted on a mahogany frame was created by awards expert Mark Bossey of Boss Industries in Huntington NY. After Jets Insider.com added to the fund and the plaque was paid for, $250.00 was left over for the Leukemia Society donation.

I had the opportunity to present the plaque to Pennington yesterday on behalf of the Fans and Jets Insider.com and to say he was touched would be an understatement. He seemed genuinely taken back that the Fans would go to such length on behalf of him.

“Wow, this is extremely cool” Said Pennington. “This goes right in my living room. Much thanks to the Fans. It really means a lot to me. I can’t wait to get back on the field. I’m itching to play”

When handed the check to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the name of his Father in Law, Pennington was very appreciative. “My wife especially will be very touched by this.” Said Pennington. “What a nice gesture. This is very thoughtful.”

Nice Job, Jets Fans…You truly brightened Chad’s day. Hopefully it’s one small thing that helps Pennington get back to action as soon as possible.

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