The New York Jets selected Cincinnati’s Ahmad Gardner with the fourth overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. It turns out the consensus All-American cornerback who goes by “Sauce” truly lives by his nickname.
Gardner, who wore a diamond hot sauce bottle chain to the Las Vegas draft on Thursday, told Jets owner Woody Johnson his “all-purpose” bottle contains…actual sauce.
“You never know what sauce is in here,” Gardner said after taking the cap off his iced-out bottle. “It could be barbecue sauce one day, little bit of sweet heat sauce the next day, hot sauce the next day, little Teriyaki sauce the day after that. So you never really know.”
Aside from an assortment of sauces, the Jets know exactly what they’re getting from their “Sauce,” and that’s a bonafide star. Gardner was the AAC’s second ever unanimous conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2021, and he never allowed a touchdown as a collegiate player, per PFF.
Gardner dominated in his three years with the Bearcats, 68 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and nine interceptions during that time.