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Chiefs’ Morris Claiborne has no Jets regrets

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Chiefs' Morris Claiborne has no Jets regrets



MIAMI — Chiefs cornerback Morris Claiborne looks back at his two years with the Jets with no regrets.

“I enjoyed it,” the veteran said Monday night at the Super Bowl 2020 Opening Night at Marlins Park. “I felt like I had two solid years of playing, going out starting, being the No. 1 corner. In the two years I was there, I was the No. 1 corner there. I feel like I did a pretty good job there to go out there and follow the best guys. I feel like the two years I was there, my stats were career highs in both years there.”

Claiborne played in 15 games in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons for the Jets, answering questions about his ability to stay healthy that dogged him from his days with the Cowboys. He had three interceptions over two years for Gang Green. The Jets decided to move on after last season, opting to go younger at the position.

It worked out for Claiborne, who signed with the Chiefs in August and played in eight games this year for Kansas City. He has been inactive for the Chiefs’ playoff games and probably will be again for the Super Bowl. Still, Claiborne is happy to be in the big game after a rough career that has seen him undergo eight surgeries.

“It’s awesome,” Claiborne said. “It makes everything worth it. When I look at all of these cuts on my knees and shoulders, this is what it was all for.”


So many athletes took something different and special from Kobe Bryant. To 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders, his ability to come back from injuries in the past and this season showed he has the Mamba Mentality made famous by Bryant, who died tragically on Sunday in a helicopter accident.

“I feel like our personalities went well,” Sanders said. “Kobe battled injuries and you could just tell his mentality the way he attacked it with 100 percent effort. I’m not saying I’m Kobe but at the same time we have the same mentality, because I tore my Achilles and I also had surgery on my right ankle as well. I battled back and here I am at the Super Bowl. A lot of times when I first had it people were questioning if I’d be back to myself. Now I’m sitting here, I pushed my body through things that most people probably wouldn’t have pushed themselves through to be in this moment. In reading Kobe’s quotes I can relate to a lot of things he talks about.”

Sanders, 32, had 36 receptions for 502 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games his first season with the 49ers.


As Jimmy Garoppolo arrived for his first Super Bowl, he paused to reflect on the retirement of Eli Manning, who won two of them.

“Two Super Bowl MVPs,” Garoppolo said. “He’s done just about everything. He doesn’t get enough credit if you ask me.”

For more on Super Bowl 2020, listen to the latest episode of the “Gang’s All Here” podcast:

https://nypost.com/2020/01/28/chiefs-morris-claiborne-has-no-jets-regrets-ahead-of-super-bowl-2020/

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