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Jets excited about Hofstra practice

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: A McDonalds restaurant

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: A McDonalds restaurant is seen on September 9, 2010 in New York City. Helped by sales of its pricier blended frozen drinks, the world's largest hamburger chain saw same-store sales rise 4.9% in August from a year ago. In Europe, its largest revenue market, McDonald's Corp reported softer-than-expected sales. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo Credit: Getty/Spencer Platt

The Hamburglar won't be getting a visit from the Jets when they venture to Long Island tomorrow.

There's no need for the McDonald's at the corner of Uniondale Ave. and Hempstead Turnpike to ready the masses, preparing for a Jets player to walk in asking for 50 burgers.

"We will be traveling with our cheeseburgers on the bus this year, if I’ve got to go down here and buy them myself," Rex Ryan cracked today. "There will not be that issue."

The Jets will be making their third annual jaunt to their roots tomorrow evening, treking over to Long Island for an open practice at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium. Last year's one-day excursion became infamous, when HBO's "Hard Knocks" aired footage of cornerback Antonio Cromartie handing out some cheeseburgers during practice.

They were purchased at the Uniondale McDonald's located a Hail Mary from the stadium, and it didn't sit well with Ryan once the public ridicule set in.

"I think we are minus the cheeseburgers this year," linebacker Bart Scott cracked. "But going out to Hofstra, that’s where our fan base is, being that this team was originally out on Long Island. So, I think it’s always good to not forget about the people out there, and then go and let them see their team and interact with their players."

The practice, which drew more than 10,000 fans last year is free and open to the public, officially kicks off at 6 p.m. and is expected to conclude some time just past 8 p.m. The gates open at 4 p.m., the same time as the Jets Fest fan experience begins.

There will be an autograph session immediately after the practice concludes.

"It’s great. It’s great," quarterback Mark Sanchez said. "You get a lot of fans on Twitter and people you see in passing, either in the city or New Jersey or whatever [say], ‘I’m from Long Island, I wish you guys were still out here.’ So this is kind of us paying respect to them and thanking them for being great fans for such a long time. Sure, we moved to New Jersey, but that’s still our home over there too. So we’re excited to go back."  

That includes Ryan.

"I think it’s going to be great," he said. "We’re excited about it. It’s something that we want to do, next 20 years or something, go back in there. It’s just one day. It’s a little inconvenient, but so what? These are a big group of our fans, we’re proud of that. Maybe some of the fans can’t get to games, but they can see us at a practice.

"So we enjoy it. It’s what we do. That’s just one of the things we’ll do now."


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