Willie Colon: ‘I just hate’ the Patriots
|10.16.13 at 3:04 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Willie Colon doesn’t leave much doubt when it comes to his feelings for the Patriots.
“I just hate them,” he told the New York Daily News.
The Jets offensive guard, who was involved in an end-of-game skirmish with New England in the fourth quarter of the Jets-Patriots game in Foxboro in September, said his animosity for New England is unlike any other.
“People respect the Steelers because they play you one way,” said Colon, who played with Pittsburgh for the first six years of his career before joining the Jets this past offseason. “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.”
Colon was fined $34,000 for his role in the September fight, which took place in the fourth quarter of the Sept. 12 win over the Jets at Gillette Stadium. A scrum erupted after Aqib Talib picked off a Geno Smith pass and was hit by New York offensive lineman Nick Mangold along the sidelines. Several New England players took exception to the shot, and a few punches were thrown between the two sides. Colon was docked $26,250 for making contact with an official and a $7,875 fine for punching an opponent.
Ultimately, Colon acknowledged New England’s run of success. But that doesn’t mean he’s exchanging Christmas cards with them.
“I don’t like them,” Colon said of the Patriots. “But at the same time you got to respect what they’ve done as an organization. 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.”
For their part, the Patriots weren’t interested in firing back at Colon on Wednesday.
“Not much phases me with Jets-Patriots at this point, or Yankees-Red Sox,” said quarterback Tom Brady. “I’ve been around to hear the banter that goes back and forth. It’s a healthy rivalry. It’s because both cities take a lot of pride in winning and we love our sports. It should be an exciting weekend.”
“I don’t know,” said offensive lineman Logan Mankins. “I’m not a big fan of anyone else either, so it doesn’t bother us.’’
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