in an interview with John Morgan, older brother Arthur explains.
“If you say Jon can’t do it, he’s going to prove you wrong,” said Arthur. “He’s a hard worker. He works for everything he’s got. It’s like that Drake song, ‘Started from the bottom, now we’re here.’ He really did. He just worked so hard, and that’s something he’s done since we were little: outwork the competition.”
“In football, he wasn’t the best player. He couldn’t catch a cold. They tried to find a position for him to play.”
“By his senior year, he got the team’s ‘Most Improved Player. He played defensive end right next to me, and it was cool to be out there with him. He finally got to start his senior year. He was always willing to prove somebody wrong.”
Arthur, who until this off-season played for the Baltimore Ravens, will be cageside in Charm City to see his brother’s latest effort. And while Teixeira may indeed prove a viable threat, Arthur insists he isn’t worried. For while his brother may not necessarily be a natural, Arthur has no doubt Jon is the greatest fighter on the planet today.
“My brother is all about professionalism,” Arthur said. “Before he fights, he feels like he knows his opponent because he watches film so much and he breaks down his opponent and visualizes the fight. He dreams about it. When he gets to the octagon, it’s easy. It’s like push-and-play on a cassette.
“Jon is different. His mind is on a whole different level.”