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Rex: Game vs. 'Boys on 9-11 will be somber

Jets head coach Rex Ryan speaks to reporters

Jets head coach Rex Ryan speaks to reporters the day after his team lost the AFC Championship game to Pittsburgh. (Jan. 24, 2011) Credit: Joe Epstein

Rex Ryan was getting his television fix last night when news of Osama Bin Laden's death first broke. But he wasn't checking out CNN, MSNBC, NFL Network or ESPN for that matter.

"I was watching 'Celebrity Apprentice,' " Ryan said this afternoon inside a conference room on the 19th floor of Random House's offices, drawing some laughs. "And then that thing came across and I'm like, 'Whoa. This must be some big news here.' "

It certainly was and Ryan was just as patriotic as everyone else, knowing the person mostly responsible for ordering those terrorist attacks on this country nearly a decade ago had been killed.

"Well, my first thing was, 9-11, 10 years ago was probably the worst day in this country's history, one of them for sure," Ryan said. "And quite honestly, I was happy we got him."

The Jets are slated to play the Cowboys on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" on Sept. 11, and the Giants will travel down to Washington to meet the Redskins. So with Bin Laden's death, does that put any more pressure on the NFL to get a new collective bargaining agreement done so these games will go on as scheduled?

"I'd be the wrong guy to ask that question to, you know? Ryan said. "I don't know. I know I thought it was great that the NFL picked the Jets to play a home game on the anniversary of 9-11. The fact we are playing the Dallas Cowboys and my brother [Rob], usually I'd like to have a lot of fun, poking fun at my brother.

"But I think it would take away from what we should be talking about, and that's the 10th year anniversary of 9-11. So, it will probably be a lot more somber than it normally would be."


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