Rex Ryan's love for his wife knows no bounds.

The Jets coach maintained the tattoo on his arm of his wife sporting a No. 6 Mark Sanchez Jets jersey had more to do with his affection for Michelle than anything else.

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"There's a question: Is that a real tattoo or not? I'll keep you guessing," Ryan joked. " . . . It is a tattoo I've had going on three years now. I know what you're thinking. Obviously, if Sanchez doesn't play well, that number is changing."

He confirmed the original drawing was a No. 8 jersey. But after the Jets went to back-to-back AFC title games, Ryan said on ESPN radio that he told the tattoo artist, "Man, just make it a 6" without giving it much thought.