INDIANAPOLIS -- Jets coach Todd Bowles scored a win even before the kickoff against the Colts Monday night -- all thanks to his favorite R&B soul singer Gladys Knight.
"I'm just now seeing all the amazing #ToddBowles posts. Hi Todd! Lol," Knight posted on Twitter Monday. "We might have to take a selfie when I get to NY next week @nyjets."
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Bowles has made his love of Knight known on multiple occasions, first referencing the "Midnight Train to Georgia" singer on Sept. 11, two days before he made his head-coaching debut against the Cleveland Browns. Asked about his emotions heading into his first game as the leader of the Jets, Bowles said: "Same every day pretty much. If you want to get me excited, bring Gladys Knight in here. Other than that I'm pretty good.
" . . . Just for singing purposes," the married coach said, laughing.
The day after the Jets defeated the Browns, 31-10, Bowles was asked whether he'd received congratulatory text messages.
"I got quite a few. Lot of coaching buddies. A lot of buddies I went to school with and played ball with. I got a bunch of them," he said.
Anything from Ms. Knight?
"Nothing from Gladys. I wouldn't be here today," Bowles said, laughing.
Now, it looks like the Jets coach will be getting more than just a text message from the "Empress of Soul."