Photo: Chris Stutz
By Daniel Israel
Bayonne native Jon Mullin is looking to make a name for himself in the Professional American Football League, the American football league in Mexico.
A Bayonne high school and Wesley College graduate, Mullin previously played as a quarterback for the Bialystock Slums in the Liga Futbolu Amerykanskiego, the American football league in Poland.
Now he’s donned number 15 again as the quarterback of the Kings of Jalisco. Mullin said the decision stemmed from the opportunity to play in a higher league.
“It was a new opportunity in a new country to play in,” he said. “It’s always nice to travel, but always looking for better opportunities, that was my goal in Poland. I think I accomplished that with the Mexican League because it’s a top league and there’s high competition. It can only bring better opportunities for me in the future, and now.
the Mexican LFA is a step forward from Polish Football League, considered among the best leagues in the world next to the National Football League (NFL) in the United States and Canadian Football League. He has already worked in Mexico for the past few weeks, and so far, he’s been enjoying the good weather.
“The last three weeks here have been great,” he said. “Honestly, it’s a 180 from the weather in Jersey to the time here in Mexico. It’s great because it’s a swing of 17 degrees to 71.”
Acclimatize to Mexico
Mullin currently trains with the team and does off-season bodybuilding.
“Weight training is two or three days a week, depending on how many days you train,” he said. “Thursdays we train, then two to three days a week in the weight room.”
Playing in the Mexican league is a major change for Mullin from his time in Poland, and not just the weather. One thing that is similar is the language barrier.
“There are a lot of players who only speak Spanish,” he said. “I’m currently learning Spanish, which is yet another hurdle.”
However, being in a higher league, Mullin said there were more resources available.
“The practice is completely different between two coaches in Poland and the coaching staff here in Mexico,” he said. “It’s great to be able to have a grassroots organization that, even though it’s a brand new team, has the football experience and aspect of what they know and what they know. must do for us to win the championship.”
Mullin continues to be driven by his family, even in tears as he spoke happily about them.
“My family is my biggest support system,” he said. “It’s my mother and my brother. No matter what I do, no matter where I go, they are always by my side. They are my support system and the reason I do what I do. One day I want this football dream to reward her for the things she has done for me.
Mullin said it had been difficult for him to be away from them in Poland and now Mexico. But he can’t wait to see them at a game soon.
Opening of the season in March
The first game of the season is March 5 at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Mullin looks to hit the ground running.
“It’s a stepping stone in the right direction, where maybe it could lead to the NFL,” he said. “The Mexican Football League is tied to the Canadian Football League. So that opens up an opportunity. Then the doors open and I don’t even realize it, because I’m just playing my game, and then my abilities take over.
No matter where he goes, Mullin will always be a son of Bayonne. And he hopes his hometown will continue to cheer him on around the world.
“You can take the kid out of Bayonne, but you can’t take the Bayonne out of the kid,” he said. “It’s always great to have the support of your hometown. I know I got this from my hometown, from Bayonne high school, or from the pennant team I played on, or even just from my friends back home. Support is the best thing for me.
Mullin wants to go all the way this season:
“I’m looking to bring a championship back to a brand new team in a fresher organization and I plan to bring a high level. The Mexico championship is the number one goal.
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