Mark Sanchez Faces Battle Between Career and Culture in New York


Published: May 1, 2009


... stitched to the back of his jersey.

It's the cross Mark Sanchez carries, and—based on reports during his collegiate career—it's a responsibility he embraces.

Unfortunately, it's also an opportunity for agendas. Less than a week after being drafted, all eyes are on Sanchez and what he represents for the Hispanic community:

"A few days after the Jets' blockbuster draft-day trade, Gerry Salme hoped a man he had never heard of would help him...

"...For the director of operations at the FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development in Newark, Sanchez's greatest impact will involve forging a connection with the nearly 1.4 million Hispanics in New Jersey...

"...'It would help our children if he could have that direct involvement,' Salme said. 'It would motivate them, raise their self-esteem, and give them hope ...

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