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LT: Rex once told us he was going to punch Bill Belichick in the face

09.10.13 at 8:31 pm ET

Rex Ryan has toned down his act over the years, but the stories of his motivational techniques — especially when it comes to Patriots-Jets game — are the stuff of legend.

Former Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson told NFL Network on Tuesday night that there was one occasion when he told his players he was going to punch New England coach Bill Belichick in the face.

“We were playing the Patriots one time,” said Tomlinson with a chuckle. “Rex is a master motivator, and it was going to be a big game, a heated rivalry game. Rex got in front of us and he said, ‘I’m going to set the tempo when I meet Bill Belichick in the center of the field, I’m going to punch him in the face.’ We loved that. I loved that from Rex.”

Tomlinson said it was simply one way Ryan used to motivate his team.

‘€œRex is a master motivator; that’€™s the way I like to describe Rex,” Tomlinson said. “An excellent defensive coach ‘€“ we know that from his Baltimore days ‘€“ but he’€™s a master motivator. Rex really knew how to pump up his teams and get them ready to play. That’€™s one of the things that I really enjoyed about Rex, is when I stepped in that meeting room the night before the game, I knew I was going to be ready to play.’€

For video of Tomlinson’s stories about Ryan, click here.

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