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Calvin Pace using termination letter as motivation

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New York Jets linebacker Calvin Pace is taking a page from the notebook of Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard and keeping his termination letter close by to use as motivation.

Where Pollard keeps his termination letter in his locker to fuel his fire against his former team – the Baltimore Ravens – Pace keeps his close as a reminder he never wants to feel that pain again. Pace was one of a handful of veteran players released by the team in February in a salary purge by new general manager John Idzik.

It says you weren’t as good as everybody else,” Pace said, via RIch Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “It’s something that stuck with me and will always stick with me. Even on days where I don’t want to see these guys, coming out here for practice, I think about that. I don’t ever want to feel like that. I didn’t want my career to end on a mediocre year.”

Pace posted just 55 tackles with three sacks and two passes defensed despite starting all 16 games for the Jets last season. Head coach Rex Ryan has said Pace is having a “monster” training camp as Pace hopes to regain his old form. Pace is entering his sixth season with the Jets.

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16 Responses to “Calvin Pace using termination letter as motivation”
  1. mataug says: Aug 8, 2013 2:49 AM

    The Jets need their pass rush to do something. Not sure old man Calvin Pace is the answer to it.

  2. greenmeattruck says: Aug 8, 2013 3:27 AM

    I guess it’ll work for motivation, as if the Lombardi trophy and a million dollar paycheck, win lose or draw, isn’t enough.

  3. packmanfan says: Aug 8, 2013 3:31 AM

    So they cut him and he just hasn’t left yet?

  4. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 8, 2013 4:39 AM

    Aww, did wittle baby’s feelings get hurt?

  5. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 8, 2013 4:39 AM

    Aww, did wittle baby’s feelings get hurt?

  6. menentj says: Aug 8, 2013 5:39 AM

    “Pace was one of a handful of veteran players released by the team in February in a salary purge by new general manager John Idzik.”

    Wait a minute. Idzik is the Jets GM isnt he? He was SIGNED by Idzik, not cut by him.

    Makes no sense…unless the story is missing something?

  7. afcdomination says: Aug 8, 2013 6:49 AM

    but really he wasn’t terminated. he was kept on at a lesser salary. he took a pay cut, he just didn’t sign on for it.

    this is why some of these guys might be smart to ask for cap realistic contracts. guys like eric Winston who get cut and wonder why….I mean, you make 5 mil plus a year, that is why. then you spend all offseason and end up making less than 2 to backup somewhere. its all about the money

  8. hehateme2 says: Aug 8, 2013 7:20 AM

    Why so much jet coverage. Spend time on relevant franchises please

  9. peanutele24 says: Aug 8, 2013 7:23 AM

    Stay healthy and angry pace the squad gonna need you . Keep pushing green N white

  10. lrjets says: Aug 8, 2013 7:39 AM

    Since mental attitude is the equalizer and seperater in the NFL, use it if it helps.
    A monster camp sounds good!

  11. alexb1234 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:13 AM

    maybe this will motivate him to do PEDs again

  12. thehuckster404 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:29 AM

    Or, he could just sit at home doing nothing. It’s worked for Bryant McKinnie.

  13. lrjets says: Aug 8, 2013 9:13 AM

    alexb1234 says:Aug 8, 2013 8:13 AM

    maybe this will motivate him to do PEDs again
    ____________________________

    Did you develop your hatred from your sad and pathetic life?

  14. floratiotime says: Aug 8, 2013 9:20 AM

    Beware of free agents who get busted for PEDs. They accomplished their mission. They signed the big contract.

  15. abninf says: Aug 8, 2013 9:26 AM

    “It says you weren’t as good as everybody else,” Pace said
    ==================================

    Well you weren’t.

  16. zeke2517 says: Aug 8, 2013 9:52 AM

    “So they cut him and he just hasn’t left yet?”

    No. They resigned him. Happens all the time. Pay attention.

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