NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Wayne Hunter sure is happy to be out of New York.
Sent packing from the Jets to St. Louis last month in a swap of embattled right tackles, Hunter had just about enough of the Tri-State pressure cooker.
“No words describe it,” Hunter told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “If you can handle the ‘Concrete Jungle,’ you can handle anywhere. I’ve been through it all.”
Most Jets fans pointed at Hunter as the main culprit on the team’s shaky offensive line last season. An unimpressive preseason didn’t do much to silence his holdover critics from 2011.
“They’re like sharks,” he said. “If they don’t like you, they let you know right off the bat. And even if you’re doing good, they might just not like you for the heck of it. It’s brutal over there. Those fans, they know what they want, and they pretty much demand it. So if you don’t give it to them, they’ll let you know.”
The Jets gave Hunter a contract extension last summer, but the 31-year-old never lived up to expectations. New York reportedly sought a trading partner this offseason, and later demoted Hunter after a rough preseason showing against the Giants.
Less than a week later, he was traded to St. Louis for first-round bust Jason Smith.
“There’s no chip on my shoulder,” Hunter told the Post-Dispatch. “The New York Jets treated me so well. I had the best four years over there. We had a great run with two AFC championship games. I’ve got nothing to complain about. I love those guys, I wish ‘em the best, but it’s time for me to move on.”
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