PREPARED TO PLAY
My parents made me play basketball, football, and baseball. We actually went to the championship in peewee football, so I missed my early baseball practices and showed up to the first game having never played before. I asked the coach what to do and he said just hit the ball and run the bases as fast as you can to get back to home plate. So I get up, hit the ball, and run straight to third base and then back to home plate. I thought I was safe since I didn’t get thrown out!
I look forward to training my core—not just abs but my actual core. It’s the center of everything.
I have high expectations and I hold myself to a higher standard and accountability than any other human can put on me. I think that I’m my own biggest critic, so anybody else’s opinion is in one ear, out the other.
After the season ends, I go to Florida and work on maintaining strength, function, and movement prep. When I’m back in the city I like to run for 45 minutes up and down the 1,177-foot viaduct in Hoboken, NJ, once a week, increasing my speed each lap. Then after OTAs (organized team activities) I start working on core and inner strength. I start heavy lifting right before training camp begins.
I’m also a goofball and a big nerd, so my partner has to be goofy enough to laugh at herself. That’s huge for me. She has to be family oriented in a way where she wants to create a legacy that will outlive her; I think that makes sense in a relationship. I look for someone who is spontaneous and loves surprises because I’m full of them.
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MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
One game, when I was in pass protection, I saw how everything was going to happen before the quarterback even said hike. It was like a chess match; I’ll never forget it.
I’m the biggest sushi fan you’ll ever find. My favorite is the Hot Salmon Tuna Roll—I can’t get enough of it.
In my spare time I like playing the guitar, writing, and composing poetry.
I get a lot of massages, use the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, and visit the chiropractor.
I started the Rashad Jennings Foundation because I used to be a short, overweight, chubby kid with asthma and a 0.6 GPA average. So I have a reading challenge for the kids to focus on literacy and a football camp called Camp 180 to inspire youth to stay fit and learn about mental preparation.