Jets QB Mark Sanchez strolled into the press conference room Wednesday sporting a gray T-shirt with the FDNY logo and a sketch of fireman’s hat and two Pick head axes.
But it was more than a fashion statement.
Sanchez said he teamed up again with Muze, the clothing company that designed his popular “Wonder Boy” T-shirt a few years ago, to help support families of fallen first responders.
“We’re helping a charity here in New York, right around 9/11 time and this 10-year anniversary,” Sanchez explained. “So we wanted to make a shirt that we could sell online and all of the proceeds would go to the New York Police and Fire Widows & Children’s Benefit Fund.
According to its web site – www.answerthecall.org -- the Benefit Fund provides “assistance to the families of New York City Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Port Authority Police and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty.”
Sanchez, who moved to the side of the podium so the media could get a better look and take pictures, said the T-shirt is being sold on his Facebook Pro Shop site.
“All the proceeds are going to the widowed families of these rescue workers and first responders,” said the quarterback, whose father, Nicks Sr., is a fire captain. “It was a cool idea that Muze came up with. The FDNY let us use their logo and saying, ‘You go, we go.’ So I’m happy to be a part of it. It’s a cool-looking T-shirt, so I’ll be wearing it. Hopefully I’m not the only one.”
(photo above: courtesy of moi!)