Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who spoke publicly throughout the season about his battle with alcohol, celebrated one year of sobriety on Saturday by posting an inspirational message on his Instagram account.
Reflect. A word I became so familiar with 365 days ago. I had to reflect and evaluate where I was in my life. Reflect on where I wanted to be: as a brother, a son, an athlete, but most importantly a person in this world. 365 days ago I had to come to the realization that what I was doing was never going to reflect who I knew I was meant to be if I didn't change. Seeing the reflection of myself in the mirror and asking myself, are you ready for this change? I wrote the numbers 1 through 365 down on a piece of paper as a countdown. Giving myself the reminder that I needed to take one day at a time. That it was a journey not just a chapter in a story. I reflected on all those that I had hurt and the person who I had been hurting the most through it all, myself. Each day I would put an X through the day of sobriety I was on. Today, number 365. I can't help to reflect on all the days that brought me to this moment. To few people who have been by my side through it all. My Mom for her endless amounts of prayers and encouragement when I needed it most. My family for their support through the most pressing times. My @nyjets Coaches and Teammates I could never repay them for their belief in me, not as an athlete but as a human. My friends who knew when to keep me in line and would keep me constant. The fans from all over the world who although I may not have responded, their stories of being sober inspire me more than words can describe. And as I put the final X through number 365 I did the same thing when I started this journey; reflect. Reflect on all the blessings that I have. Reflect on the fact that I'm not the only one out there battling this and I'm not alone. Reflect that I have a platform that has allowed me to inspire and be an example. Reflect on the next 365 days of continuing to be sober! . . 📸: @sam.maller . #365 #Complete #Sobriety #MyThoughts #MyWords #Growth #Blessed #Thankful #LaserFocus #ODAAT
Seferian-Jenkins, one of the bright spots last season for the New York Jets, recounted the past year with this interesting detail:
"I wrote the numbers 1 through 365 down on a piece of paper as a countdown. Giving myself the reminder that I needed to take one day at a time. That it was a journey not just a chapter in a story. I reflected on all those that I had hurt and the person who I had been hurting the most through it all, myself. Each day I would put an X through the day of sobriety I was on. Today, number 365."
He goes on to thank his family, the Jets organization, coaches and teammates for their support. The Jets took a chance on Seferian-Jenkins, claiming him on waivers in September, 2016 -- only days after he was arrested for DUI in Tampa and immediately released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After a nondescript 2016, Seferian-Jenkins set career highs with 50 catches and 357 yards last season. He becomes a free agent on March 14.