New York Jets: Quinnen Williams donates meals to NJ medical professionals

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets’ most recent first-round pick is giving back to the medical community fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The New York Jets brought Quinnen Williams in to strike fear in the hearts of opponents, to be an attacker of backfields. But today, he’s instead dispensing hope and charity to those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and giving thanks to a different kind of tri-state area defender.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport shared photos of Williams’ latest offseason endeavor on Tuesday. New York’s 2019 first-round pick is making sure those who keep the tri-state area healthy likewise stay healthy by providing them $25,000 worth of meals to medical professionals from Brianna’s Nutrition Kitchen. The Budd Lake, New Jersey-based food service is run by celebrity chef Brianna Sebasto.

The packages are labeled with stickers featuring a smiling Williams alongside the message “Thank you for your Service!”.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Williams is planning to duplicate the practice every week at a different hospital. The Jets’ home state of New Jersey has been particularly hit hard by the pandemic, as it is currently second in the nation in confirmed cases, according to The Guardian.

The Jets have been engaged in several endeavors to help the metropolitan community work their way through the pandemic. Last week, MetLife Stadium was adorned in blue to honor those same medical professionals. The team and the Johnson family ownership group also donated $1 million to United Way charities to provide coronavirus relief.

Williams, 21, was chosen with the third pick of last season’s draft out of Alabama. In 13 games (9 starts), the defensive tackle tallied 28 tackles including four for a loss. He also put up 2.5 sacks, a pass deflection, and a fumble recovery.

New York will soon choose Williams’ first-round successor. They are slated to pick 11th in the upcoming NFL Draft, which will begin on April 23 (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC/NFL Network).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags