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Hunter on Jets fans: 'They’re like sharks'

New York Jets offensive tackle Wayne Hunter walks

New York Jets offensive tackle Wayne Hunter walks off the field after the Jets' 38-34 loss to the Chicago Bears. (Dec. 26, 2010) Credit: AP

Let’s just say Wayne Hunter’s relieved to be out of New York.

The former underachieving Jets right tackle is embracing the opportunity to put the past behind him in St. Louis – and the chance to get as far away as he can from Jets fans.

“They’re like sharks,” Hunter told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “If they don’t like you, they let you know right off the bat. And even if you’re doing good, they might just not like you for the heck of it. It's brutal over there. Those fans, they know what they want, and they pretty much demand it. So if you don't give it to them, they'll let you know."

Hunter -- who got into it with fans after the preseason loss to Carolina and had to be restrained by teammates -- was asked to put the scrutiny he endured in New York in words. And he couldn't.

“No words describe it,” he told the paper. “If you can handle the 'Concrete Jungle,' you can handle anywhere. I've been through it all."

At least Hunter -- who was benched in favor of Austin Howard before being traded days later to the Rams in exchange for Jason Smith – had fellow ex-Jet Kellen Clemens to lean on.

"How much he struggled there is debatable," Clemens, , who spent three seasons with Hunter here in New York, told the STL Post-Dispatch. “Certainly, in that market once they smell blood in the water now, it gets vicious in a hurry. But Wayne is a great guy, first and foremost as a person. Great father. So he'll be a great addition to the locker room, and he'll really help at the offensive line spot. ...He's a good player. He really is.Very athletic. Very strong. Scary strong."

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