Fans Send Off Jets To AFC Championship Game

Fans Gather At Jets Camp In Florham Park Before Gang Green Heads To Pitt

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The Jets may be Super Bowl-bound to its fans, but the Gang Green still has to face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in the AFC Championship game before fans can really celebrate.

As the Jets prep for their Sunday showdown, fans came to show their support on Saturday morning at the Jets camp in Florham Park.

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At last year’s frenzied send-off of the Jets’ AFC Championship against the Colts, fans formed a human tunnel of between 4-to 5,000 people. This year, it was even larger and crazier with 7,500 fans showing up. That was something that meant so much to Coach Rex Ryan and his players.

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“We love the support you’re giving us. Absolutely incredible,” Ryan said.

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum spoke as part of the raucous rally along with Gov. Chris Christie and Fireman Ed.

“Last year we came close.  This year, we’re bringing the Lombardi trophy right back to New Jersey,” Christie said.

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Fans came out in the freezing cold to see their Jets, and some even got close enough to high-five the players.

“It was awesome. It was great to see everybody. They looked really ready for the game so we’re looking forward to tomorrow to destroy Pittsburgh,” one fan told WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola.

WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola with excited fans at Saturday’s sendoff

Among the fans in attendance was Ray Hoffman, who donned a green cape and calls himself “Captain Jet.”

“We’re ready to go.  This is our year.  They’re going after them, we’re going to have a good time.  We’re going to go all the way this year,” he told 1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney.

1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney speaks with “Captain Jet”

“I want to die a happy man.  That’s what I want to do…if they win this Superbowl, they’d fulfill my dreams,” he said.

It’s still a tough road ahead. The Jets won the only matchup against the Steelers this season as New York won 22-17 on Dec. 19 in Steel City.

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As the anticipation builds, Jets fans are ready to give it everything so their beloved Gang Green will bring home the trophy.

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“I’d give my life. I’ve never seen it in my life. I was born after Namath. I want this bad for myself and all these fans. I want it bad,” said Jude Nedza, of Livingston.

Nick Macharia would also give a great deal for the Jets.

“For a Super Bowl win, I’d give you my car,” Macharia said.

Mike Hayden said work is out of the question for him in a Jets victory.

“I would call in to work and go to the parade. Call in sick and I’m the manager,” Hayden said.

CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez found WFAN host Joe Benigno and co-host Evan Roberts, both proud to be representing New York in Steeltown.

“It’s the franchise in the NFL and has been for decades. They won more than anybody and the people handle it with class,” Benigno said.

Roberts said Steeler fans haven’t shown any violence or disdain for the Jets fans who are invading the city.

“So far they seem like nice pussycats and they’re not really vicious. That may change in the next couple of days. For the most part any fans that aren’t Patriot fans seem like good fans to me,” Robert said.

Some Jets fans beg to differ.

“We’ll tip our hat where credit is due. They’ve been very cordial and very nice. Too bad, like the other two cities, they’re going to be crying on Sunday,” Jets fan Darren Weinstein said.


One Comment



  2. mufasa says:

    snookie, and the situation all reside in new york, also pauly D is from rhode island.

  3. SportsMom says:

    The Jets were, are, and always will be New York’s team. The parade we’re hoping for will take place up Broadway’s Canyon of Heroes, not in the parking lot of “New Meadowlands Stadium”. So keep flapping your gums Governor Christie. The Lombardi trophy belongs in NEW YORK.

  4. Tiffany Vega says:

    Jersey already has Snookie, Pauly D, The Situation, Jerseylicious, The Real Housewives of Jersey, Jim McGreevey, Camden, Newark, Trenton and Joe Pesci. So, let NYC keep their beloved Jets. (lol)!!

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  6. Musa says:

    I am I must admit, cautiously optimistic. I have been a Jets fan for nearly 40 years. The only uniform my mother ever bought me was a Jets uniform; I played pee-wee football for the Jersey City Jets. I have always cheered for them whenever they faced the Giants. It would be great if we beat Pittsburgh and go to the Super Bowl, and win it all??? Great! But I have been let down so many times in the past, like I said, cautiously optimistic.

  7. BS Meter says:

    16 total votes, by 1pm on Saturday? (shows you who’s visiting this website, even with links on Yahoo news across the NYC region at least!!)

    Jets will lose in the Super Bowl, as they’ll be favored after their blowout victory tomorrow vs. either of the GB-CHI winner. Pres. Obama has a horse in the race, and he’ll quickly oppose NYC, at that (playing the anti-NY game until its time for media attention or campaign-$$$). The NFL knows what its doing.

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