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Rex Ryan erases 'rings' from his vocab

Rex Ryan and Norv Turner shake hands at

Rex Ryan and Norv Turner shake hands at the end of the game. (Oct. 23, 2011) Credit: David Pokress

New Year’s Day may be a good two-plus months away, but Rex Ryan has already come up with a resolution he plans on adhering to.

“The big news of the day,” Ryan said this afternoon as the Jets prepared to head their separate ways for their bye week, “is from now on … I will no longer use the word ‘rings’ anymore.”

Ryan said every time he utters the word “rings” it seems to get him in trouble. Last week, he said he’d have a couple of rings if San Diego had hired him in 2007 rather than Norv Turner, a comment he said was unintentional and one he ended up apologizing for making a day later.

Ryan also created headlines in June of 2009, when he said in a radio interview that he didn’t come here to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings.

“So I’m not going to use that word anymore,” he said. “No more of those things. I get crushed every time I say it. No votes, because I do get crushed every time I say it.”

However, Ryan hasn't banned himself from using one of his most popular phrases.

"Super Bowl?" he said, repeating the question, "I can use that one. But it's just 'rings.'" 

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