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CNY Jets Fans Roll Out the Red Carpet

CORTLAND, NY (WSTM3), July 31, 2009
By Niko Tamurian

Click to Watch Video - "CNY Jets Fans Roll Out the Red Carpet"

CORTLAND -- It's safe to say that every Central New York sports fan, Jets fan or not, is excited to have an NFL team training right in their own backyard. Those who are New York fans though, are taking it to another level.

As monsoon-like rain poured onto the field turf at Carl "Chugger" Davis field on the campus of SUNY Cortland, a healthy number of Jets fans, mixed with those who traveled from Long Island and natives to CNY, cheered on their team. Those receiving cheers included highly touted rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, who raved about the setup Cortland has given to the team.

Some fans, like Mark Braun, are taking things to a new level to help make the team feel at home. Braun is the owner of Doug's Fish Fry, which sits next door to the campus. Braun is an avid Jets fan who holds season tickets despite being a four-hour trek away. One step into Doug's and it's clear that his establishment is hoping the Jets feel so much at home, that they return next year. Not only is Jets gear displayed all over the restaurant, but all employees, including Braun, wear green "Welcome Jets" jerseys that look like they could be worn on the field, each with their own individual number.

So while efforts like this are surely a help in luring the Jets to stay, we ultimately don't know what the team will decide for the future. Which is all the more reason for all sports fans to savor this rare opportunity for CNY. As sure as the sports fans are enjoying this, the Jets' players and coaches are enjoying new Head Coach Rex Ryan's escape to a "remote" location, as every player Action News talked to had genuine, positive, exciting things to say about SUNY Cortland, the facilities, and their time of calling Cortland County home, if only for a few weeks.

(View video for the full story, including comments from Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan, Kellen Clemens, and Vernon Gholston about the team's stay in Cortland.)

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