With the NY Jets thrilling 17-16 win over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts this weekend, Mark Sanchez is one step closer to making NFL history by becoming the second Latino ever to win a Super Bowl championship (Mexican-American QB Jim Plunkett was the first).
The road to the Super Bowl will be extra tough for the second-year quarterback. Next week, Sanchez will face Gisele's hubby Tom Brady and the formidable New England Patriots, who trounced the Jets 45-3 the last time the two teams met.
But Sanchez may have beginner's luck on his side. He did manage to take down arguably the best QB in football this past weekend. Plus, the Mexican cutie has good karma working for him.
Last week, it was reported that Mark Sanchez found inspiration for his playoff run in a terminally ill 11-year-old boy named Aiden Binkley. Sanchez met Aiden through the Teddy Atlas Foundation earlier this season and the two became fast friends, with Sanchez texting and calling the boy after important games and even visiting him at home. Binkley passed away on December 30, 2010. Before the Jets' game against the Buffalo Bills on January 2, the team honored his memory with a moment of silence.
"He brought me so much inspiration. ... It's hard to talk about him," Sanchez said, obviously choked up, on The Michael Kay Show on 1050 ESPN Radio. "He meant the world to me. I felt like I've known him forever. ... I saw his personality. I saw his competitive spirit. I saw him fighting every day."
"Aiden had a smile on his face for the last three weeks of his life," said Atlas Foundation board member Keith Sullivan. This past weekend, it looked as though Sanchez may have had a guardian angel looking after him, so we'll definitely be following his run to the championship. It just might be blessed!