Jets | Pennington Ready to Play
Thu, 28 Jul 2005 00:25:41 -0700

Ken Berger, of Newsday, reports New York Jets QB Chad Pennington (shoulder) vowed that he is physically ready to lead the Jets past the obstacles they could not overcome last season. "Your quarterback is ready to play," Pennington relayed to jittery Jets fans in an interview near the team's Hofstra training complex. "Your quarterback has done everything in his power to get ready to play, and he's very excited about helping lead this team to a championship and bringing a championship back to New York. I think about that every day. When it happens, it's going to be pretty amazing. I just want to make sure I enjoy the journey and enjoy every moment." Pennington revealed that his right arm went "completely numb" after he was tackled by LBs Joey Porter and Clark Haggans just before halftime of the Jets' 20-17 playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in January. The numbness subsided in the second half. Now Pennington is driven to complete the recovery process, which he estimates has 15 percent to go.