Football was probably the last thing on Mike Goodson’s mind as he sat inebriated in the passenger seat of an SUV that was stopped in the left lane of Route 80 in New Jersey after 3 a.m. on May 17 and state police were getting ready to haul him and the driver to jail on drug and gun charges.

But as the remnants of that night’s bender wore off and Goodson began to regain clarity that’s when the frightening possibilities began flooding through his mind.

Oh God what have I done with my career?
Two months earlier Goodson had signed a three-year $6.9 million contract with the Jets his third team in less than five NFL seasons.

So the arrest was not exactly the good beginning to the fresh start he was seeking.

That night — which was followed by a four-game NFL suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy during which he was not allowed to practice with the team — probably seems like a lifetime ago to Goodson who is eligible to play his first game as a Jet on Monday night in Atlanta.

In the aftermath of the arrest it was Goodson who desperately needed the Jets who many expected would quickly release him. But general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan surprisingly quietly stuck with him.

Now it is Idzik and Ryan who need Goodson a big-play running back with good receiving skills to help their struggling offense that likely will go to Atlanta without its two starting receivers Santonio Holmes (hamstring) and Stephen Hill (concussion) and its second-best running back Chris Ivory (hamstring).

Now more than four months removed from that regrettable nomadic night on Route 80 Goodson recalled the first meeting he had with the Jets brass after his arrest.

“I was nervous” he told The Post on Thursday. “They didn’t say everything was OK because everything wasn’t OK. But they gave me the reality of the situation.

“John Idzik has had my back throughout this whole thing’’ Goodson said. “Whenever I needed to talk to someone or needed any advice I would go to him. He was almost like a big brother or father figure to me. Those guys gave me a new beginning.