After playing the first six seasons of his career for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Willie Colon signed with the New York Jets last offseason because he wanted to play for head coach Rex Ryan.
With Colon’s one-year contract with the Jets coming to a conclusion after Sunday’s regular season finale against the Miami Dolphins, both Colon and Ryan are uncertain whether they will be back with the Jets next season.
“Of course I want to be a Jet,” Colon said, in an interview with Alex Marvez and Phil Savage on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “This is home for me. My family is happy I’m home. I’m happy I’m here. I’d like to finish a Jet but we all know there’s a business side of things. I’m 30 years old. I still feel like I’ve got a lot left in the tank.”
Colon grew up in the Bronx and played at Hofstra University on Long Island. He’s started all 15 games this season for the Jets at right guard.
Colon hopes that both he and Ryan will be back with the Jets next season.
“I believe in the guy. I came to New York to play for the guy. He was one of the guys I was passionate to meet,” Colon said. “…For me, it was coming to play for him and playing for a coach that, if he could, would put his hand in the dirt right next to you. That’s why we love him.”