“I’d like to say thank you, this is a tremendous award. It took a lot of hard work, a lot of hours, a lot of hard work and dedication.
Thanks to Rex for everything and for letting me be me and letting me be myself with the Jets organization. John Idzik for giving me the call on draft day.
Uh a little nervous … first time I’ve been up here and this many people looking at me at one time … (laughter) … so please excuse me … but I’d like to say thank you and all glory goes to God.
My folks. It took a lot of hands to get me here and I’ve made the long way here. This means a lot to me and I will take this back to Saint Louis with me and to the New York Jets organization [and] wherever I go.
— Sheldon Richardson’s Defensive Rookie of the Year acceptance speech at the 2014 NFL Honors