Draft night couldn’t have gone better for Jeremy Ruckert.
The Lindenhurst, NY native went to the Jets — the team he grew up with as a kid — in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft Friday night. His family could not have been happier.
An Instagram video of Ruckert receiving the call, originally shared by girlfriend Robyn Haines, shows his family and friends ecstatic at the news that he would be staying close to home. His father in particular had a memorable reaction as he hugged his son tightly before letting out a throaty roar.
And then of course with a loud “JETS” chant.
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Ruckert, an Ohio State tight end, caught 26 balls for 309 yards with the Buckeyes last season. He will join former teammate Garrett Wilson, who finished 10th overall with the Jets, to give Zach Wilson more opportunities to get options this season.
The Jets retooled at every ability position in the first three rounds, capturing Breece Hall from the Iowa State running back in the second between Garrett Wilson in the first and Ruckert in the third. They also beefed up their defense with cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner in 4th overall and defensive end Jermaine Johnson late in the first round following a trade up.
However, it’s probably fair to say that none of these players were as lucky to be with the Jets as Ruckert was.
“A dream come true,” Ruckert told reporters after the election. “I’ve dreamed of this since I was a little kid. I grew up a Jets fan. My whole family grew up with Jets fans. Going to training when they used to train at Hofstra and going to games as a kid. The story is still being written and I can’t wait to get to work but at this moment I’m super excited and my family is super excited.”
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