Mark Sanchez, best QB on the field

Jets' pilot showed more poise than MVP favorite Tom Brady on way to AFC title game

Updated: January 17, 2011, 2:08 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The old firefighter in the New York Jets jacket was sending the cell calls to his voice mail, the calls out of the Orange County Fire Authority, Station 6, from men desperately trying to tell Nick Sanchez how proud they were of his boy.

"Pseudo dads," Sanchez proudly called his fellow firefighters as he stood outside the visitors' locker room at Gillette Stadium, the winning locker room, trying to make sense of Mark's athletic journey into manhood.

"Just ...

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