New York Jets guard Willie Colon has brought an edge to the offensive line, bringing along an attitude with his physical play inside. That attitude has also extended into his off the field comments to the media, which has made headlines this week ahead of the matchup with the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Colon was ejected late in the fourth quarter when the Jets lost to the Patriots 13-10 in Week Two.
"I just hate them." Colon told the New York Post.
Willie Colon went on to explain that his hatred of the Patriots isn't the same way he viewed the Baltimore Ravens as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. There was a feeling of mutual respect between those two teams as they brought out the best in each other, whereas Colon paints a more sinister picture of the Patriots and references the Spygate scandal.
"I hated them, but I loved them at the same time, because they're a team that forced you to give them your best." said Colon about the Ravens.
Colon went on to criticize New England for creating excuses for their losses. He went on to take an outside perspective on the Steelers he played on, saying that Pittsburgh moved on from losses without making excuses for poor play.
The comments will earn Willie Colon some new fans, as the Patriots aren't well-liked amongst the Jets fan base or even around the NFL in general. While Rex Ryan has been very laid back in his media restrictions on players, and he won't reprimand Willie Colon publicly, it will be interesting to see how he handles the comments. Being that Willie Colon has stepped up as an emotional leader for the team already and with the team heading into a pivotal game, Rex Ryan will likely use the comments as a way to rally the troops behind closed doors.
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