Jets G Willie Colon on the Patriots: 'I just hate them'
Willie Colon may be in his first season with the Jets but he already knows the routine when it comes to the division-rival Patriots: "I just hate them," he said Tuesday.
This development comes a month after Colon was ejected late in the Week 2 loss to the Patriots, and fined $34,000 for his trouble.
The contempt the Jets have for the Pats is well known; cornerback Antonio Cromartie once referred to quarterback Tom Brady as an "a--hole," and Colon sounded like the Spygate melodrama from 2007 helped shape his opinion of the team.
"There is no middle ground in cheating,” he said. “You either cheated or you didn’t. I think the proof is out there on that regard. It is what it is.”
Colon has some experience when it comes to loathing a divisional opponent; he spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Steelers.
“It’s weird,” he said of the Ravens. “I hated them, but I loved them at the same time, because they’re a team that forced you to give them your best.”
Colon also thinks that his former team in Pittsburgh isn't as unequivocally despised as New England.
“People respect the Steelers because they play you one way,” he said. “You never hear an excuse about why the Steelers lose. When we lost, we moved on. I think sometimes when the Patriots lose or things go wrong, it seems as if there’s excuses for why they didn’t have a good game. Sometimes that rubs people the wrong way. I feel that way. If you lose, you take it.”
Still, through the hatred even Colon can see that the Patriots are legit.
“I don’t like them, but at the same time you got to respect what they’ve done as an organization," he said. "Winning Super Bowls. They’ve built a tradition there where they get it done. No matter what you feel about them personally, you got to respect that they win. ...
“They’ve been playing well for a long time,” Colon continued. “You know the Patriots are going to be in the playoffs, hell or high water. You got to respect it whether you like them or not. ...They win and they get it done.”
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