Denzel Mims had himself a great career with the Baylor Bears, helping lead the transformation under Matt Rhule from one win in 2017 to a Big 12 Championship Game appearance in 2019. He was then considered a top wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there was one city he had zero interest in: Philadelphia.
Back in April, he was on the Inside the Birds podcast with Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher, and said he was “very scared” when visiting Philly, saying, “I went with a couple teammates and my head coach (Matt Rhule). We went up there and just spent a lot of time together. And the experience I had, I was very scared. I wasn’t familiar with the whole city and it was a lot going on. You see a lot of people that look scary. And, you know, I’m not part of that, I don’t like that. I mean, I had a bad experience, you could say, going up there that first time. But I feel like if I go there more and if I get familiar with it, I’ll have a great time.”
Well, after a recent video surfaced as he was playing the video game Call of Duty, it looks like Mims was holding back with his comments above.
Mims was eventually drafted by the New York Jets in the second round. Remember, context is everything. Mims grew up a small-town kid in Daingerfield, TX, population: 2,500.
Then he went to play at Baylor in Waco, not exactly a massive metropolitan area. So I can understand where he might be “scared” of Philadelphia, if you only see certain parts of it.
However, as someone that grew up in North Jersey and went to school in Philadelphia, like most major metropolitan areas, they have their crappy parts and their nice parts. You just have to be on the look out for them.
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