Plenty of NFL players are happily married, but most take off their wedding rings for games.

Not Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He has worn his ring every day -- even game day -- since marrying Liza Barber on June 24, 2006.

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"It's a personal thing, but I don't feel the need to have to take it off," said Fitzpatrick, who faces the Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. "I feel like when I took my vows that it symbolized something."

Fitzpatrick said he occasionally gets grief from teammates.

"Some guys get mad at me because I get them in trouble because their wives say, 'Why don't you wear your ring?' '' he said.

Fitzpatrick said playing quarterback allows him to wear the ring with minimal physical risk.

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"If I was catching the ball or using my hands every play, I wouldn't be able to wear it," said Fitzpatrick, who does handle the ball on every play. "I just think the position that I play, I can get away with it."