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Aaron Berry: Rex Ryan told me he believes in second chances

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New Jets cornerback Aaron Berry said after he signed this week that he knows he’s working on his last chance in the NFL after the Lions dumped him this summer for getting arrested twice. But Berry says that if there’s a coach willing to give second chances, it’s Jets coach Rex Ryan.

Berry told reporters today that in his first conversation with Ryan, Ryan made a point of telling Berry that he’s a believer in giving people second chances.

“He pretty much told me he’s a guy that gives people second chances,” Berry said, in comments distributed by the Jets. “He feels like everybody deserves a second chance. He just wants me to come in here and respect everybody in the locker room and just be disciplined. If they take me in, then I won’t make the same mistake as I did before. I’m just going to take that in and like I said before, I’m blessed to be here and thankful that they gave me a second chance.”

Berry, who was arrested once for drunk driving and once for brandishing a gun during a traffic altercation, insists that the Jets have nothing to worry about with him.

“It’s a blessing,” Berry said. “They gave me a second opportunity that a lot of people don’t get. I plan to take full advantage of it and do what I can to help this team win some games.”

If Berry’s days of getting in trouble off the field really are behind him, then this has the potential to be a good move for the Jets. Berry would be starting for the Lions right now if it weren’t for his off-field issues, and it’s not often that a starting-quality cornerback is available for nothing in the middle of the season.

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36 Responses to “Aaron Berry: Rex Ryan told me he believes in second chances”
  1. sosuhme says: Oct 3, 2012 5:54 PM

    The Lions gave him two chances. This is his third chance.

  2. grpatriot says: Oct 3, 2012 5:54 PM

    NY Convicts…?

  3. husky2score says: Oct 3, 2012 6:00 PM

    Didn’t Berry get a second chance after the first time he was arrested?

  4. hyzers says: Oct 3, 2012 6:01 PM

    I think you mean third chance, Aaron.

  5. dmartin17 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:02 PM

    Rex better hope you get 2nd chances!

  6. johnnycash19 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:03 PM

    “He pretty much told me he’s a guy that gives people second chances,”
    —————–
    Am I missing something?
    The Lions gave you a second chance to.

    Strike 1: Remember when you told the people of Detroit they were “Broke and miserable?”

    Strike 2: Drinking and driving, hitting a parked car etc.

    Strike 3: Pulling a gun on 3 people

    As far as I’m concerned your on your 4th chance. This guy is and always will be trash. Hope your broke and miserable before your 25 there Aaron.

  7. hawkforlife says: Oct 3, 2012 6:05 PM

    “Berry said, in comments distributed by the Jets.”

    So this is PR not Berry. They must really be desperate to get any good publicity for good old Rex.

  8. rasalghoul says: Oct 3, 2012 6:19 PM

    J-O-K-E-S JOKES JOKES JOKES!

  9. davekezer says: Oct 3, 2012 6:21 PM

    Rex has no choice to believe in second chances. How could he live with himself if there was no chance he’d ever be a head coach again after the Jets inevitably fire him?

  10. daysend564 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:21 PM

    @johnnycash19

    The people of Detroit ARE “Broke and miserable”.

  11. pftcensorssuck says: Oct 3, 2012 6:23 PM

    “Aaron Berry: Rex Ryan told me he believes in second chances”

    Why shouldn’t he, Woody Johnson has given him FOUR of them.

  12. scotchrocks says: Oct 3, 2012 6:24 PM

    The “hope you’re broke while presumably presenting themselves as better than” crowd is funny. The fact that it’s preceded by calling someone else trash makes it funnier.

  13. ampats says: Oct 3, 2012 6:32 PM

    Sure he does because after this season, Rex needs future employers/owners to give him another chance at being a HC when Woody cleans house.

  14. petehemlock says: Oct 3, 2012 6:34 PM

    Traffic altercation? Moving to New York? 2 months

  15. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 3, 2012 6:43 PM

    Did Rex also tell him that the Jets are a colossal train wreck right now?

  16. greenbaypeckers says: Oct 3, 2012 6:43 PM

    2nd chances for the jets right now are like 2nd chances for regular teams in dog years. Wait and see all the 2nd chance players that drag their tail through that practice field.

  17. johnnycash19 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:48 PM

    scotchrocks says: Oct 3, 2012 6:24 PM

    The “hope you’re broke while presumably presenting themselves as better than” crowd is funny. The fact that it’s preceded by calling someone else trash makes it funnier.
    ———

    Alright you give a guy that likes to drink and drive with a gun a lot of money. This guy is garbage and will be in jail pretty soon.

    You think those 3 guys were having a good time when he pointed a gun at them?

  18. billybatty says: Oct 3, 2012 6:55 PM

    Usually rats are jumping off a sinking ship, not on.

  19. csilojohnson says: Oct 3, 2012 6:55 PM

    Sounds like this will be his third chance. If he makes it a month in NY I will be impressed.

  20. dolphindad says: Oct 3, 2012 7:02 PM

    Rex is obviously setting himself up as he knows he is going to need a 2nd chance after he is fired in January.

  21. doublezero74 says: Oct 3, 2012 7:06 PM

    Jets are so fun to watch and listen to. It’s like Christmas every day, they just keep giving and giving. Enjoy the basement

  22. scotchrocks says: Oct 3, 2012 7:07 PM

    scotchrocks says: Oct 3, 2012 6:24 PM

    The “hope you’re broke while presumably presenting themselves as better than” crowd is funny. The fact that it’s preceded by calling someone else trash makes it funnier.
    ——————————————

    johnnycash19 says:

    Alright you give a guy that likes to drink and drive with a gun a lot of money. This guy is garbage and will be in jail pretty soon.

    You think those 3 guys were having a good time when he pointed a gun at them?

    ——————————————

    The point that I’m making has nothing to do with Berry and has everything to do with people acting like someone is worse than they are while at the same time HOPING negative things to happen to them and calling them trash. Some people might say it’s a little hypocritical. I just find it “funny.”

  23. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 3, 2012 7:19 PM

    Berry needs love, guidance, and support. If Ryan is willing to offer that to him then he might be able to walk away with a useful football player that he can take credit for developing. Good opportunity for Berry and the Jets.

  24. Legion Of Boom says: Oct 3, 2012 7:37 PM

    Pete Carroll always gives 10th chances.

  25. Legion Of Boom says: Oct 3, 2012 7:39 PM

    He was mis-quoted. Rex was really saying “second breakfast” not “second chances”.

  26. j0esixpack says: Oct 3, 2012 7:41 PM

    Given that the Jets job is Rex’s FIRST job, of COURSE Rex Ryan believes in second chances!

  27. justwannawinna says: Oct 3, 2012 7:49 PM

    He better sell that same idea to the Jets well this offseason lol

  28. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Oct 3, 2012 7:51 PM

    If anyone should believe in second and third chances it is Rex because he is going to need them himself. Over under on Berry needing another one: 6 weeks.

  29. cronybomb says: Oct 3, 2012 7:54 PM

    It’s true, Berry would be starting if he was still playing for my Lions.

    Which also means he would not be starting for any other team in the league.

  30. mjkelly77 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:24 PM

    Aaron Berry: Rex Ryan told me he believes in second chances
    __________________

    and third … and fourth … poor, desperate Jets.

  31. angusosborne says: Oct 3, 2012 8:30 PM

    When Berry was at the Lions the media clamor said cut him. Now he’s signed by the Jets “it has the potential to be a good move”. This is oxymoronic: either he deserves to be in the league or he doesn’t.

  32. mjkelly77 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:34 PM

    daysend564 says:Oct 3, 2012 6:21 PM

    The people of Detroit ARE “Broke and miserable”.
    ________________

    The misery and loneliness you feel are starting to show.

  33. johnnycash19 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:51 PM

    scotchrocks says: Oct 3, 2012 7:07 PM

    The point that I’m making has nothing to do with Berry and has everything to do with people acting like someone is worse than they are while at the same time HOPING negative things to happen to them and calling them trash. Some people might say it’s a little hypocritical. I just find it “funny.”
    ———–

    Your right, when I drink and drive and pull out a gun on someone no one better say I should be in jail.

  34. jetsareajoke says: Oct 3, 2012 8:57 PM

    And this, in a nutshell, is the jests problems. Tannenbsum is the worst evaluator of personnel in the history of the NFL. Gholston? Signing a bunch of over-the-hill players for the “win now” that they still have to pay not to play since they stunk up the place. They keep signing these troubled players thinking they can fix them.

    Rexy thinks he can turn a baked potato into a probowler.

  35. alewatcher says: Oct 4, 2012 6:46 AM

    What Rex actually said is that he believes in second helpings at the buffet.

  36. jetstizzi85 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:36 AM

    Why do you all keep thinking Rex’s job is on the line? 3 years – 4-2 playoff record – 2 AFC Championship games / NEVER a losing season. What owner would drop that?

    You all just hate the man plain and simple. He is a passionate HC and that makes people upset? Really?

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