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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):

‘€œI respect Shaun more than as a football player,’€ said nose Sione Pouha. ‘€œI 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.’€

‘€œWhen I came in, Shaun was a big brother to me,’€ said defensive lineman Ropati Pitoitua. ‘€œHe’€™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.’€

‘€œShaun is definitely a Jet,’€ said defensive lineman Marcus Dixon. ‘€œHe 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.’€

‘€œI 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. ‘€œHe is a tough guy and he’€™s going to be missed.’€

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