During his time as a New York Jet, Mark Sanchez has frequently taken on community service projects that are close to the hearts of those in the Tri-State Area.
It should come as no surprise then, even at a time when his Jets career appears to be at a crossroads, that Sanchez was at it again. On Tuesday, Sanchez took the time to lend a helping hand as the Jersey Shore recovers from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Sanchez tweeted that he was on the way to Toms River, N.J., to help "fellow NJ residents" recover as they put their lives back together. Toms River is a neighboring town to Seaside, Ortley and Lavallette, towns that were practically wiped off the map because of the storm.
According to the Ocean County Police Blotter's Facebook page, Sanchez teamed with Cincinnati Reds rookie Todd Frazier in an effort to help bring aid to the community. The two worked at a drop point for relief supplies as donations begin to make their way to the shore area.
In the past, Sanchez has been active in a number of charities in the New York area. Most notably, the former USC quarterback has worked with Tuesday's Children, a charity that helps children who lost family members during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
This is also not the first time a member of the Sanchez family has helped out in the wake of a major storm. According to Jenny Vrentas in a 2011 article on NJ.com, Sanchez's father Nick, a fireman in Orange County, Calif., traveled to New Orleans to assist in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
Say what you will about Sanchez's play on the field, but during his time in the NFL he has been an exemplary citizen.
In a league that has been plagued by crimes ranging from DWI to murder, Sanchez hasn't even sniffed trouble during his four years in the league. He has handled himself in the media as a stand-up player, and his reputation as a charitable figure is admirable.
During a time of such devastation, destruction and loss of life, it's time to take a brief step back and prioritize what really is important in life.
If Sanchez doesn't perform well when the Jets take on the Seahawks on in Week 10, calls for his benching will grow louder, and rightly so.
However, during a time when people are burying loved ones and wondering what to do because their hometown no longer exists, Sanchez has once again put his on-field issues aside to help during a time of need.
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