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Queens’ Jay Bromley understands Giants vs. Jets

New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley speaks

New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley speaks with the media during the second day of minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Jay Bromley is from Queens, so he more than most players is equipped to understand what the Giants-Jets game means.

“I grew up watching both teams and my first ever game was a Jets game,” Bromley said. “It should be good.”

Bromley knows this is bigger for the fans than the players.

“It’s more about bragging rights more than anything,” he said. “We share the same stadium, share the same city. Both teams have been good a certain amount of times. It’s a struggle.”

The defensive tackle said he hasn’t heard from many friends back home either urging him to beat the Jets or pleading with him to take it easy on them, depending on their rooting preference. He said that’s fine by him, since it allows him more time to focus and study the gameplan.

And that first game he ever attended, the Jets game at what was then universally called Giants Stadium? He was 15 and his high school coach, the late Rudy Alvarellos, brought him.

“He was a huge Jets fan,” Bromley said. “I was a Giants fan.”

Then he paused.

“Still am.”

This week, everyone in New York needs to declare a side.

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