Jets' Scott fired up for rematch with old foe Steelers
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Fired-up Jets linebacker Bart Scott set the tone early in the buildup to AFC Championship Game against the Steelers on Sunday night at Heinz Field.
"Can't wait!" the never-shy Scott shouted into an ESPN microphone when told "Congratulations, see you in Pittsburgh" after New York's 28-21 victory over the New England Patriots last weekend.
The win sent the Jets into the AFC title game for the second year in a row, and the "can't wait" theme was back in vogue Thursday at the Jets' training facility. The one-minute emotionally charged interview is a YouTube sensation, with over 350,000 hits so far.
Rex Ryan opened his news conference saying he knows everybody "CAN'T WAIT" for what's usually a boring injury report. Laughter followed, and the coach went on to call the video a "classic."
In it, Scott sounds off on all Jets "nonbelievers" and called the win over the Patriots "poetic justice."
Scott, who came to the Jets from the Ravens just after Ryan was hired from Baltimore two years ago, wasn't angry at anyone yesterday. But he's charged up for his third straight AFC title game.
He lost out when the Steelers beat the Ravens in the AFC title game two seasons ago and when the Indianapolis Colts beat the Jets last season.
"No team has really taken as much from me as the Pittsburgh Steelers," Scott said. "Ben Roethlisberger has taken a Super Bowl appearance from me just three years ago. I know what a tall task it is to go into Pittsburgh and try to win."
Tomlinson, Taylor implore Jets to seize the moment
To some Jets, a trip the AFC Championship may feel like an annual rite, so LaDainian Tomlinson and Jason Taylor yesterday preached the importance of seizing the opportunity.
The Jets are making their second successive trip to the AFC title game. Last year they lost at this stage to the Colts.
Running back Tomlinson, 31, and pass-rusher Taylor, 36, two of the NFL's best players of the last decade, moved to New York this year with the dream of winning their first Super Bowl, and they have urged team mates to seize the day.
"We've talked about it quite a bit, knowing that this doesn't happen often," said five-time Pro Bowler Tomlinson, who played his first nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
Taylor, who played most of his 14-year career with the Miami Dolphins, is a six-time Pro Bowler who never went beyond the second round of the playoffs.
"Some of these young guys can come and see a guy that's had success in this league and had a decent career ... but I've never been to this point," Taylor said.
Cleared to play after extensive tests following symptoms of a concussion from last week's win over the Patriots, Taylor said he would trade personal accomplishments for a title.
"You want the ring," he said.
For long-time Jet, this could be last title shot
Shaun Ellis has been with the Jets longer than anyone on the team, a guy who has dreamed of getting to the Super Bowl throughout his 11 NFL seasons.
The defensive end says "it's time" for the Jets to get there. It also could be his last chance.
Ellis has played in more playoff games than anyone else in team history and ranks third in career sacks. But he's a free agent after this season and doesn't know if he'll be back.
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