A little story we thought you should know. It's about a truck and four Jets defensive players. The truck is a black, Ford F-150, Harley Davison edition, currently owned by linebacker Nick Bellore, a second-year player out of Central Michigan who will be a key special teams component this year.
Bellore bought it from Sione Pouha, the Jets' starting nose tackle.
Pouha bought it from Bryan Thomas, the Jets' starting left outside linebacker.
And here's where it gets a little more complicated. Rumor has it that Thomas got the truck from linebacker Jason Taylor in exchange for Thomas' No. 99 jersey. (Thomas now wears No. 58). But Thomas vehemently denies that.
“No! Hell no!” Thomas said. “Just write that Jason gave me a kiss in exchange for the number or that he changed his son's name to Bryan."
By many locker room accounts, Taylor did indeed give the truck to Thomas. That's the opinion of Bellore. "Jason gave the truck to Bryan for his number," Bellore says.
To date, the car has about 36,000 miles on it. Pouha drove it for the 2011 season and wracked up, in his estimation, 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Bellore is doing more damage, driving it back and forth between New Jersey and his home in Wisconsin. Nobody has any recollection of what the odometer said when each made the purchase.
And why did Thomas sell it to begin with?
“It was a lemon. Sione is a sucker,” Thomas said, with an evil laugh. It is unclear what that makes Bellore.
There was one major hurdle in the exchange between Thomas and Pouha. Thomas is notorious for the lack of organization -- in other words, the mess -- around his locker. According to Pouha, the sale was contingent upon one thing, “No BT remnants,” Pouha said with emphasis. The good news: “It was in great condition,” Pouha said.
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“It's the universal automobile," Pouha said. "It's like the car rental within the team.”