It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since Long Island’s Jeremy Ruckert heard his name during the 2022 NFL draft, fulfilling his childhood dream of being drafted by his hometown team, the New York Jets. dream.

Rookett, a 6-foot-5, 252-pound out of Lindenhurst, was selected with the 101st pick in the third round. Surrounded by his family in his hometown when he got a “call” from general manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh, the touching moment was captured and shared on social media.

“It’s been a long night, but I’m going to wait another 50 rounds to feel like that,” Rookett told Greater Long Island’s Jamie Stewart after being drafted. “It’s surreal, but this is not the end, this is the beginning of my story.”

Ruckert’s impressive collegiate career at Ohio State caught the attention of NFL scouts, and his playmaking and athleticism make him an extremely attractive prospect for the Jets. His selection is a proud moment for Long Island football, and no player has been drafted in several years.

Draft day was a special day for Ruckert and his family as they saw him achieve his lifelong goal of playing in the NFL. His parents, who have supported him throughout his football career, are ecstatic to see their son achieve his dream. Watch the video below to relive the moment.

Here’s another angle on Ruckert’s dream come true.

Despite a setback due to injury in the offseason, Ruckett remained focused and committed to improving his skills and contributing to the team. He appeared in nine games as a rookie, with a catch for eight yards. He’s also been impressive in the blocking scheme. look down.

As we reflect on the day Ruckert was drafted by the New York Jets, we’re reminded of the excitement and anticipation that surrounds the NFL draft each year. With the 2023 NFL draft underway in Kansas City, we can’t help but wonder which young football talents will follow in Ruckert’s footsteps and fulfill their dream of playing in the NFL.

Above: A screenshot of Jeremy Ruckert celebrating with his father, Bill Ruckert, after learning he was drafted by his hometown New York Jets.

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