Mike White looking to reward Jets’ faith after Zach Wilson injury

Mike White couldn’t help but jump on the Cincinnati Bengals’ bandwagon during their surprise run to Super Bowl 2022.

As the Bengals ended a 31-year drought of playoff wins with three straight in January, White’s phone started blowing up with messages from friends pointing out that the Jets’ third-string quarterback had the game of his life against the AFC champions, whose defense stifled former MVP Patrick Mahomes.

“You’re rooting for them, in a sense, to win the Super Bowl because it makes the win look that much better — not even for me but for our team,” White told The Post. “There’s definitely an element where you have people texting you saying, ‘What did you see that everyone else can’t see?’ ”

Jets’ quarterback Mike White.
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It was the final page of a crazy season for White, who morphed from unknown to AFC Player of the Week when he threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns to lead a 34-31 win against the Bengals on Halloween. He became an overnight cult sensation who energized Jets fans and inspired practice-squad quarterbacks across the league to keep working for an opportunity to affirm their self-confidence.

“I learned first-person that there are some passionate fans here and when you win they are loud, which is cool,” White said after Monday’s practice. “But I tried not to get too caught up in it because things change in a heartbeat.”

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