When he began his career as a football player, Jon Weeks had no idea he was headed for the pro-bowl. From a walk on at Baylor to his tryout for the Texans, he couldn’t have dreamed it would turn out like this.
At the time he signed, Weeks was in training to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). On April 28, 2010 to went to play for the NFL. It never occurred to him that this would be the first of several contracts, or that he would be going to Hawaii, for his first Pro Bowl appearance as one of the best in the league, according to an interview with Texans TV.
He credits his great success to his current teammates that have been generous with their mentorship since he began, helping him along the way.
“I’ve been fortunate enough when I got in, to work with some really good guys, Neil (Rackers) and Matt Turk,” Weeks said. “They took me under their wing and they showed me how to be a pro and I think that’s really helped me to continue my career. Then having the opportunity to work with guys like Shane Lechler and Nick Novak and even other veterans like Donnie Jones and Shayne Graham has really, really helped me.”
Weeks challenges himself continuously to improve his game and better his skill. Having the room to grow in his position inspires him; he said, “I think the position is starting to evolve. It’s no longer being able to get the ball back there to the punter, you’ve got to be able to protect and you’ve got to be able to go down there and make plays with the guys on team. And it’s important to me that I keep getting better at my position”. He says he has focused really hard on this in the offseason.
He’s handled a total of 926 extra points, field goals, and punt snaps in his NFL career and he continues to succeed, with his career high of eight special team tackles.
He is honored and grateful to represent the Texans and be a part of the organization.
He said, “It’s huge to be able to represent the city of Houston and this organization that’s given me a chance to play the game I love to play,” Weeks said.
Weeks will represent the Houston Texans in the 2016 Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 31, along with teammate DeAndre Hopkins, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
With is pending trip to the Pro Bowl Jon Weeks has gone from E.M.T. to V.I.P. and everyone agrees, he deserves it.
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