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Reaction from the Jets on news that Shaun Ellis is set to sign with Patriots

08.07.11 at 2:11 pm ET
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Courtesy of Randy Lange of NYJets.com, here’s a sampling of some reaction in the Jets locker room Sunday on the news that Shaun Ellis is set to sign with the Patriots (click here for the complete story):

“I respect Shaun more than as a football player,” said nose Sione Pouha. “I respect him as a father and as a former teammate of mine. He was here when I first got here, so he had such a huge influence on me. He deserves the respect to make that decision.”

“When I came in, Shaun was a big brother to me,” said defensive lineman Ropati Pitoitua. “He’s a great leader and mentor. I learned a lot from him. We all know it’s a business. It is what it is. I wish him the best.”

“Shaun is definitely a Jet,” said defensive lineman Marcus Dixon. “He took me under his wing, taught me how to play up here. Not having him here, it’s sad, but we’ve got to move on. The Patriots are fortunate to be getting a guy like that.”

“I have a great deal of respect for Shaun. He made the Pro Bowl my first year here, and the biggest game he played last year, we all remember, was against New England,” said coach Rex Ryan. “He is a tough guy and he’s going to be missed.”

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