Austin Seferian-Jenkins isn't looking for revenge this weekend when he returns to Tampa Bay for the first time since the Buccaneers released him: he feels like he's already been vindicated.
Seferian-Jenkins is on track to have his best year of his professional career by far, which is in its fourth season. The talented tight end was released by the Bucs in September of last season after a DUI arrest.
"To be standing here, competing at the level I am, playing on such a great team, that, in itself, is a win," Seferian-Jenkins said, via Associated Press. "That, in itself, says [the Bucs] were wrong. That, in itself, speaks volumes to my character. It speaks volumes about this organization, how they can bring in a guy like myself and help mold me into what I am today."
Seferian-Jenkins admitted he was at fault, sought help for his problems with alcohol and turned his life around.
"I had off-the-field issues and I understand I didn't hold up my end of the bargain, but at the end of the day, I'm a Jet and that's the best thing that ever happened to me," Seferian-Jenkins said. "It's the best thing that ever happened in my life. What's in the past is in the past."
The 25-year-old is so happy to be in New York that he has no regrets of the route that brought him here, rife with pain.
"I wish things went differently, but deep down ... no, I don't. I'm happy I'm here," said Seferian-Jenkins. "I'm happy with the way everything worked out. Unfortunately, I had to go down some pretty crappy roads and I had to go through some unfortunate things -- all by my choice. But all the bridges I burned brought me here to be a New York Jet, best city in the world, best organization in the league."