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"I am 100% Mexican" says Mark Sanchez
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February 08, 2010, 11:48 PM
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"I am 100% Mexican" said Mark Sanchez, American citizen and New York Jets quarterback. It was at a press conference before the Super Bowl, attended in part by Mexican reporters.[Yo Soy Mexicano : Mark S??nchez,El Universal, Feb. 6th, 2010]

Joe Guzzardi has written about Sanchez, who is U.S.-born and a native speaker of English. On one side anyway, it was his great-grandparents who immigrated.

What does Sanchez mean by calling himself 100% Mexican ?

At the press conference (90% of which was in Spanish) Sanchez said that

"I need to learn more Spanish because I want to talk with the Mexican fans that have supported me much. I am 100% Mexican".
This is the same guy who said that growing up he "never thought much about being Mexican." But he sure thinks about it now that he`s quite successful.

So it sounds like some sort of awakening.