New York Jets linebacker Kacy Rodgers II sees his father when he goes to work.
Kacy Rodgers, after all, is the Jets’ defensive coordinator.
The two represent the NFL’s only active father-son duo of player and coordinator on the same team. With the younger Rodgers vying for a roster spot, he took a moment to relay his feelings on his interesting dynamic.
“It’s definitely an initial shock,” Kacy II told USA Today Sports. “You go from seeing him at the house, just ‘Pops’ or ‘Dad,’ to you walk in the building and he’s leading the defensive meetings, and guys are calling him ‘Coach Kacy’ or ‘Coach Rodgers.’ After that initial shock, you get used to it. But I’ve loved every minute of it.”
The elder Rodgers echoed a similar sentiment.
“I was seeing my son once, twice a year, max. Now I see him every day,” the 48-year-old said. “You look out there on the practice field, and that’s not only player No. 39, that’s my son.”
The younger Rodgers was signed by the Jets in February. The 26-year-old spent the last two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, recording 74 tackles, an interception, a sack and two forced fumbles in 25 games.
Rodgers also had 12 defensive tackles in two playoff games last season. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder was set to become a free agent on Feb. 13, but was released by the Roughriders to pursue an NFL opportunity.