Shop for New York Jets gear at Fanatics.com

Mark Sanchez, A Dork?

Mark Sanchez has a reputation of being a part boy, but is that the truth? Is it just what the media portrays him to be? The New York Post reports on the “true” Sanchez.

Like so many professional athletes, Mark Sanchez has a dirty secret. But it’s not a love child, steroids or dog fighting.

It’s that underneath his hunky veneer, he’s a total dork.

“His girlfriend is New York Jets football, and she’s a very jealous girlfriend,” said his confidant. “I don’t think he’s been able or ready to carve out time for anything except his job. He’s not dating right now, because he just loves football.”

The highest-paid Jet could afford a private plane and a penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park — but instead, Sanchez drives around in a Toyota Land Cruiser and lives with his brother Brandon in sleepy Bedminster, NJ.

Instead of jetting to Vegas with an entourage for his 23rd birthday last November, he enjoyed an evening of turkey legs and jousting at Medieval Times.

After a trip to Madrid with Brandon, which coincided with Spain’s victory in the World Cup, the Sanchezes came home filled with a different kind of football frenzy, and spent hours on their Xbox playing the FIFA II soccer game. The football star even brought the video game and his console to upstate Cortland, where the Jets are training.

His Twitter feed is awash with goofy facial expressions, teenspeak and posts asking what Disney film he should rent that night. “Lion King? Aladdin? Jungle Book? Peter Pan? Help?” Seriously.

His biggest fear in shooting “Hard Knocks,” an HBO reality show documenting the Jets’ training camp, is dropping an F-bomb and disappointing his proud mother.

He’s a regular at the Midtown steakhouse Del Frisco’s — in part because of its proximity to the Broadway theaters.Sanchez has seen “Wicked,” “In the Heights,” “Rock of Ages,” “Billy Elliot” and “Memphis” multiple times, and friends say he often belts out show tunes in the car.

Sanchez has been spotted partying at some of the city’s hotspots like Abe & Arthur’s, Monkey Bar and Rose Bar, but friends and observers said he’s not a big drinker.

“He doesn’t belly up to the bar and ask for the usual,” said the confidant. “He’s never really been a drinker, but the older guys on the team have recently been teaching him about red wine.”

His best friends on the team are tight end Dustin Keller, fullback Tony Richardson and center Nick Mangold, and he spends most of his time hanging out with his two older brothers.

There are women, of course. No amount of show tunes can keep a broodingly handsome quarterback single.

Since last fall, he’s been linked to 20-year-old blond beauty Jennifer Mueller, a track star at USC who lives in New Jersey; bartender and model Ariana Madix, 21, whom he reportedly picked up at the Midtown watering hole Johnny Utah’s; as well as celebs like supermodel Hilary Rhoda and, most recently, former “Sopranos” star Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

But Sanchez isn’t focusing on the ladies right now.

Mark’s 23, and just trying to make sure he doesn’t fumble the snap.”

I’m not so sure I’m buying this. I’m not saying the majority of these things aren’t true, but this story smells like his agent and representation planted it so Sanchez could help his shake his part boy reputation. The guy went to USC, did a photo shoot for GQ, went out with Jamie-Lynn Sigler and other celebs. He definitely has a party boy side. He just might be a “dork” in his other endeavors.

Enjoyed this post?
Subscribe to Jets Gab via RSS Feed or E-mail and receive daily news updates from us!

Submit to Digg  Stumble This Story  Share on Twitter  Post on Facebook  Post on MySpace  Add to del.icio.us  Bark It Up  Submit to Reddit  Fave on Technorati

Leave a Reply