New York Jets linebacker Calvin Pace is using the team’s decision to release him earlier this year as motivation he needs to take his play to the next level. Like Bernard Pollard who posts his termination papers in his Tennessee Titans locker, Pace is making sure to never forget the feeling when the Jets told him he was not good enough.
“It says you weren’t as good as everybody else,” Pace said, via RIch Cimini of ESPN New York. “It’s something that stuck with me and will always stick with me. Even on days where I don’t want to see these guys, coming out here for practice, I think about that. I don’t ever want to feel like that. I didn’t want my career to end on a mediocre year.”
Pace signed a big money free agent deal with the Jets in 2008, but he failed to live up to his contract and has been a bit of a disappointment.
He ultimately was delivered his walking papers in February of this year, however, he re-joined the team just two months later on a one-year deal. Pace will now use the team’s decision to release him back in February as his motivation to finally make an impact.