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SUNY Cortland New Home to Jets Training Camp

CORTLAND, NY (WSTM3), April 20, 2009
By Alex Dunbar

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When Rex Ryan was interviewing for the head coaching job with the New York Jets, he and owner Woody Johnson talked a lot about the importance of building team chemistry and the need to get the team away from Manhattan distractions during training camp. Johnson and Ryan agreed that upstate New York could provide enough distance to allow the team to gel better. "You play for the guys on the team, you don't play for me or anybody else, you really play for those guys so this kind of experience in the coach's opinion really builds that teamship,” said Johnson.

The Jets looked at several sites but ultimately fell in love with the facilities at SUNY Cortland. Johnson said the recently built stadium complex "really has everything we're looking for that type of experience we need to go all the way."

The move by the Jets could mean millions of dollars for local businesses when fans coaches, players and staff move in for three weeks of training camp. That’s good news for restaurants in the Cortland area and incredible news if you’re mark Braun. He’s been a Jets fan for more than thirty years, is a season ticket holder and owns the “Doug’s Fish Fry” restaurant that sits only a few hundred years from the practice fields. He said the news was so exciting, it was hard to put into words. "It's a win - win situation. You have the jets, the financial economic impact plus it's my favorite team and they're right in my backyard right up the road."

The Jets have a lot to prove this year and New York State Governor Paterson had a little fun with team owner Woody Johnson during Monday’s press conference. When Paterson noted that there would likely be a competition between two young players for the starting quarterback job, Johnson added that they might still add another player. Paterson then announced "This just in - the Jets are looking at another quarterback. If you can throw well, just show up on July 31st."

The Governor also referenced Joe Namath’s famous guarantee that the Jets would win the 1969 Superbowl and guaranteed that training camp would bring thousands of fans and millions of dollars to Central New York.

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