Live Chat With Kris Jenkins (02/23/2011)
4:06
NFL Players Association: 
Thanks for joining our Live Chat With Kris Jenkins!

Kris is a defensive tackle for the New York Jets. He is a four-time Pro Bowler who is coming off a knee injury that landed him on Injured Reserve last season. Kris will take questions from fans in real-time about rehabbing from injury, the CBA/lockout, this season, his career and much more.

Please write in with questions and comments for Kris Jenkins!
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:06 NFL Players Association
4:12
NFL Players Association: 
Fans: We are waiting on Kris to join the chat. Hopefully he will be able to join soon. Thanks for your patience!
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:12 NFL Players Association
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[Comment From Paul Paul : ]
How is your recovery coming?
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:17 Paul
4:18
Kris Jenkins: 
It's coming along okay ... You have to understand that I am 31 and I am a defensive tackle. Players take a pounding at the interior defensive line. I'm rehabbing my knee as well as my whole body to overcome the effects of age and wear and tear. I'm taking it one day at a time, but I think I'm where I need to be at the end of February.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:18 Kris Jenkins
4:19
[Comment From Jason Jason : ]
Kris, you going to be ready for an 18-game regular season next year? Note, 18 games.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:19 Jason
4:20
Kris Jenkins: 
If there is an 18-game season, then I have no choice but to be prepared. However, I'm not looking forward to an 18 game season because of wear and tear on the body. The owners don't quite understand what it's like to get hurt. Where will they be once we're retired and still in pain? The game is all about the players.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:20 Kris Jenkins
4:21
[Comment From Matt Matt : ]
How are you preparing yourself for next season with things a little up in the air?
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:21 Matt
4:21
Will there be a lockout next season?
Yes
 
 ( 75% )
No
 
 ( 25% )
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:21 
4:23
Kris Jenkins: 
Right now, the only thing that I can do to prepare for the season is to take care of the things I have control over. Since I have time away from work right now, I feel that it's a time to focus on the things that are most important in life, like families, kids, health insurance, bills and other off-the-field issues.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:23 Kris Jenkins
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Kris Jenkins: 
I think that if every player focuses on time off during the off season the way they should be, it's almost like a trial retirement period so that you get a chance to focus on what you should be focusing on when football is over.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:24 Kris Jenkins
4:24
[Comment From Ryan Ryan : ]
Hey Kris, as more teams go to a 3-4 defense, the NT position has become instrumental to the success of a team. How would you rate the current crop of NTs in the league right now? Is there a big difference from the stud NTs to average NTs?
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:24 Ryan
4:29
Kris Jenkins: 
I think there aren't as many 3-4 studs in the league. It takes a special defensive lineman to do that. A lot of fans identify with quarterbacks and the guys who score for the team. 3-4 linemen have to understand that they're not going to get a lot of attention - they have the team and each other. They have to have the mindset of a champion to take pride in just doing their job day in and day out. There are some guys who are standouts, but it's very difficult to be a stud at that position just because you get beat up so much. If you want to be a tough guy, interior defense is the position for you!
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:29 Kris Jenkins
4:31
[Comment From Joe Joe : ]
As a veteran who may only have a few years left, are you concerned about losing a year to a lockout?
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:31 Joe
4:32
Kris Jenkins: 
Honestly, football has been a big part of my life in the way that it has not only given me an opportunity to play on this field, but it has also taken care of my family. When my career is over, I'll be able to do nothing but smile. A lockout isn't gonna deter me from leaving on my own terms.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:32 Kris Jenkins
4:33
[Comment From Kathleen Kathleen : ]
Are you involved with social media? How has it changed the way players interact with each other and their fans?
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:33 Kathleen
4:35
Kris Jenkins: 
I do have a Facebook page and I do interact... I guess the thing with social media is that it allows people more access to the person you are. Some people like to know the players they are routing for, and it's a cool outlet to have. But fans need to understand that they gotta have an open mind about it because not every player is gonna be the person you want them to be.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:35 Kris Jenkins
4:36
[Comment From Jeff Jeff : ]
How do you still stay involved with the team when you are injured?
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:36 Jeff
4:36
Which social media destination do you prefer to follow players on?
Facebook
 
 ( 33% )
Twitter
 
 ( 67% )
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:36 
4:38
Kris Jenkins: 
It depends on the team. Some teams like their players to still do things. Other teams want you out of the way so that you aren't driving yourself crazy with wanting to play and so that you aren't distracting other players. The Jets keep players off the sidelines and this helps minimize the mental stress of not being able to play.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:38 Kris Jenkins
4:39
[Comment From Bucky Bucky : ]
What's your top 3 songs on your iPod?
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:39 Bucky
4:42
Kris Jenkins: 
Oh wow, haha... I would say, during my downtime, I listen to Still by Eric Roberson, Jill Scott or any music that brings me out of the reality of this world and lets me calm myself. The pace of this world is crazy.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:42 Kris Jenkins
4:42
Kris Jenkins: 
I don't listen to these before a game though. When I go out on the field, I know how to click into the game mindset.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:42 Kris Jenkins
4:43
Did you root for the Jets to make it to the Super Bowl this season?
Yes
 
 ( 67% )
No
 
 ( 33% )
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:43 
4:44
[Comment From Paul Paul : ]
Do you have any plans for when you leave football?
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:44 Paul
4:47
Kris Jenkins: 
Yes I do! Actually, haha, I would like to have my own morning show. That would be a dream of mine, and the reason is because my father was a drama teacher and when I was a child, my brother and I had the opportunity to go to class and help him out. A lot of kids had stagefright and we would help show kids that they could do it as a young kid. I love to entertain and be able to talk trash, and at the end of the day, that's pretty much what it is. The toughest part of the day is getting up to go to work, and during that commute to work, there are a lot of opportunities to make fun of that part of the day and I'd be able to make people smile on their way to work.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:47 Kris Jenkins
4:47
[Comment From Busta Busta : ]
Who's the toughest player you've gone up against in your career?
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:47 Busta
4:48
Kris Jenkins: 
There have been so many!
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:48 Kris Jenkins
4:52
Kris Jenkins: 
During different parts of my career, there were different people. During my rookie year, it was basically the whole Green Bay offensive line. They were so good and played so well together. It was just dreadful to try to get a sack against them. You knew that end of the game, you were going to get chewed up by the fans.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:52 Kris Jenkins
4:52
Kris Jenkins: 
Alan Faneca during his prime at Pittsburgh was a handful. He's as quick as lightening and as strong as an ox.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:52 Kris Jenkins
4:52
Kris Jenkins: 
Sometimes I had trouble with shorter, strong guys.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:52 Kris Jenkins
4:52
Kris Jenkins: 
The biggest battles I had were with Larry Allen. He's a monster! Everything about him is old school - everything about his uniform just looked disgusting and that was how he played. He played to kick your butt! Playing against him taught me more about competition than anything else.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:52 Kris Jenkins
4:53
[Comment From Kenny Kenny : ]
What's your go-to source for sports news? Do you read a lot about the NFL in the papers or online?
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:53 Kenny
4:58
Kris Jenkins: 
I watch things on TV every now and then - ESPN does a good job with coverage. Football is my job, and when I'm finished with it at the end of the day, I want to get away from it, haha. So I love football, but when I'm away from work, I watch current events so that I know where I stand in the world.
Wednesday February 23, 2011 4:58 Kris Jenkins
5:03
Kris Jenkins: 
I want to let my fans know that whatever you go through, don't give up. If you get knocked down, get back up. Complaining is not going to change anything in your life. You gotta work for change. Please follow me on Facebook, and I hope everyone has been entertained!
Wednesday February 23, 2011 5:03 Kris Jenkins
5:04
NFL Players Association: 
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Wednesday February 23, 2011 5:04 NFL Players Association
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