Jake Schum Exited with Class, Even Though He Had No Reason To
I was reminded earlier today that a lot of people call former Green Bay Packers punter Jake Schum, Jacob. We did it, apparently because that’s how most other outlets were referring to him.
However, he refers to himself as Jake, not Jacob, so we’re going with that from now on.
Jake Schum got released by the Packers today.
The timing is most certainly odd, but it’s not as if Schum had a fantastic year in 2016. He was 27th in average and 24th in net.
Remember when Tim Masthay set a Packers’ record in net average in 2015 thanks almost entirely to Jeff Janis being a special teams demon?
Well, THANKS A FRICKIN’ LOT JEFF JANIS! — Jake Schum
Yeah, Janis was useless on special teams in 2016, so no such luck for Schum. The team also cut their second-best special teams player, Chris Banjo, when he was slow to come back from an injury.
At this point, I think it’s clear the Packers’ brass has no goddam clue what they’re doing on special teams.
At any rate, this is about Jake Schum.
If I were Jake Schum, I would probably be a little ticked about getting cut on the first day of June. I mean, you just re-signed me to a new contract not that long ago, maybe at least give me a chance to compete in training camp?
Is that really asking too much?
Oh, but you need my roster spot for an 18th wide receiver who has no chance of making the team. I totally understand…
Look, I’m not butthurt that the Packers cut Schum. He’s a punter.
I’m just saying that if I were him, I would be angry.
Jake Schum is not angry, however. He exited stage left in the classiest way you could have.
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From Emma and I, to all of you.. thank you! Thank you to the @packers organization, but most importantly, thank you Packer fans! Been an unforgettable year, one that will be special to me forever. Been grateful to call Green Bay home for the past year. Thank you to my family, friends, and fans, for all your support…truly means the world to me. Those that know my story..it doesn't end here…just another chapter. The story continues…but for now, one last time..thank you packer nation..GO PACK GO! #grateful #gopackgo #thestorycontinues #lovewhatyoudo #nevergiveup #believe #bebetterthanyesterday
That certainly says something about character.
We wish you well, Jake Schum.
We hope you find your Jeff Janis (2015 version).