Mo Lewis to serve as Jets honorary captain on Sunday

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More than 14 years ago, former Jets linebacker Mo Lewis launched the career of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady by nearly killing (not intentionally, but nevertheless) Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe. On Sunday, Lewis returns to the Jets as the team’s honorary captain for a game against the Patriots.

Via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, the Jets have made the invitation to Lewis, who has accepted.

Some will interpret the move as a not-so-subtle desire that a current Jets player will send Brady to Belize. Or at least out of the AFC East.

“Hopefully, he gets traded at some point in time,” linebacker Calvin Pace said, via Cimini. “Trade him to the NFC somewhere.”

Pace nevertheless accepts the fact that Brady’s career won’t be ending in the near future.

“I don’t see that guy retiring anytime soon,” Pace said. “He shouldn’t.”

While it’s taboo to talk about these things post-Bountygate, the Jets surely wouldn’t complain if a clean, legal hit on Brady were to become the first domino in a chain reaction that leads him out of Boston. Based on the Jets’ overall luck since the days of Namath, however, that outcome probably would just launch 15 years of Jimmy Garoppolo domination.

38 responses to “Mo Lewis to serve as Jets honorary captain on Sunday

  1. If(when) Rex Ryan did (does) this the media would (did) get their pants in the tightest wad possible claiming how much of a blowhard he is(was). This is a clear example of a bias and double standard that really has to make people question the legitimacy and bias of news.

  2. Seriously!…its come to this for Jets to win!…Take Brady out?…is that the message?
    Hope Jimmy G is even a worst nightmare for the Just endure the suffering JETS!

    Calvin Pace seems to be one of the gentlemen along with Fitzpatrick, Bowls, Decker in that team…

  3. It’s like the Jets don’t even want to win this game by doing something stupid like this. Why give an angry Patriots team more motivation?

  4. This sums up the jets about as well as it could ever be done!

    Even as a pats fan I can’t imagine the jets did this with some kind of malicious intent. But it absolutely boggles the mind they would choose to honor a guy that (unintentionally without question) caused the moment that would give jets fans (and most fans of other team’s in the league) so much misery for so very long. Priceless!

    But….what is even more amusing is that most jets fans have not been around long enough or are knowledgeable enough to understand is that their misery didn’t start with brady.

    Chew on this: The pats won more division titles, more conference championships and been to more Super Bowls between the day the Krafts bought the team in 1994 up to the year BEFORE brady became the starter for the team (2001) than the jets have in the last 47 YEARS!!!!

    Brady is certainly going to retire one day, but that isn’t going to end jets fan’s misery.

  5. romophobic says:
    Dec 24, 2015 8:55 AM

    If(when) Rex Ryan did (does) this the media would (did) get their pants in the tightest wad possible claiming how much of a blowhard he is(was). This is a clear example of a bias and double standard that really has to make people question the legitimacy and bias of news
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    I disagree (regarding the claim about bias)…..Rex would have accompanied this news about Mo with enough trash talk to cover the remainder of the season. And that’s why Rex would be in the news along with Mo.

  6. Bowles’ first big mistake that I’ve seen.

    You just guaranteed a Patriots victory after Belichick explains to the team what this is.

    A-hole move.

  7. This along with every move the Jets have made in their miserable history will blow up in their face. Have a merry Christmas Jets fans while your team stays out of the playoffs.

  8. Shouldn’t Mo Lewis be the Patriots honorary captain?

    I wonder if Mo Lewis realizes how many signs and pictures of him are still brought into Gillette every week after all these years, no matter the opponent, that says “Thank you Mo Lewis”.

    It is gallows humor and people say Lewis launched the Pats success but it was really only a matter of time until Bledsoe was benched anyway.

  9. Seemingly odd-timing for this former Jet who certainly deserves to be an honorary Captain for that team one day in a playoff game. I guess, like many teams, the Jets consider any game against the Pats as their Super Bowl so maybe the timing is not so odd after all even given the Bledsoe to Brady memories this Captaincy dusts off.

    Mo Lewis and Drew Bledsoe were both class acts and great representatives for their organizations. Nothing dirty about the hit Lewis put on Bledsoe all those years ago that helped launch Brady’s career.

    Good luck to Mo Lewis but I personally hope the coin toss is the highlight of his day this Sunday.

  10. Really reaching here for some Patriots motivation aren’t you, Mike? I’d get it if Mo Lewis was some bum only known for the Bledsoe hit but he was a very good player for the Jets for quite a long time. What’s been lost in the Patriots fans crying and taking offense to this is the excellent “send him to Belize” reference. Well done.

  11. The idea of hurting brady was just the reporter’s theory. Who knows, the jets bringing lewis back could mean the jets want the pats to remember just which team helped them began their doninance.

  12. “While it’s taboo to talk about these things post-Bountygate, the Jets surely wouldn’t complain if a clean, legal hit on Brady were to become the first domino in a chain reaction that leads him out of Boston. ”

    It’s a taboo? Apparently not, because you’re talking about it.

    The Jets, particularly under Bowles, play tough physical football without a hint of targeting or dirty play. Calvin Pace’s comments IN FULL CONTEXT were complimentary to Brady, and Brady always has good things to say about the challenge that the Jets present.

    This one is a non-starter for manufacturing a controversy.

  13. Florio may be a big important TV guy now, but he is a PFT commenter at heart. Always has to stick in a zinger when he discusses certain teams. We’re one of em. No worries. 🙂

    GO JETS!!!!!!!

  14. “Florio may be a big important TV guy now, but he is a PFT commenter at heart. Always has to stick in a zinger when he discusses certain teams. We’re one of em. ”

    I have to say that this statement probably has some truth to it, in fact, I am pretty sure it does. But,

    did you ever ask yourself why? Because he has some strange dislike of “fireman fred”? Or maybe he keeps the names of a handful of random teams in a jar somewhere and pulls one of them out with a blindfold on when he feels the need to do his zinging?

    Its a good question, why on earth would he (and most football fans) keep picking on the jets……..?

  15. Doesn’t matter, dansardo. We love our team to death like fans of any team. We’ll follow them the ends of the earth. People making snarky comments won’t stop that. Many Jets fans are Mets fans, and the Mets have gone through this same thing over the years…and you saw how crazed the Mets fans were in October. The older Pats fans that are also Sox fans will understand this better than anyone

  16. The older Pats fans that are also Sox fans will understand this better …

    Indeed we do.

  17. I’m actually old enough to remember when the pats were a bad team. I was pretty young but my dad brought me to a couple of games for the 1-15 1990 pats who are (rightly) considered one of the worst football teams of all time.

    I also am old enough to remember being disappointed by the sox, especially some of the world series losses.

    No team is good forever and the pats, in particular were pretty mediocre at times during their history.

    But in between those periods of bad they had some pretty good teams. Besides some of the good teams of the 70’s and 80’s the pats were actually in a SB 5 years before Brady became the QB, won a couple of division titles in those years and had playoff appearances.

    Take a look at the jets history since 1969. That all aside, I don’t think that is the reason the jets are singled out by a lot of people for ridicule although I admit the rex ryan era is one of the big reasons for that.

  18. Classless to honor a guy for seriously injuring Bledsoe. Typical jets. I get that it has to do with Brady taking over but show some respect for the guy who lost his job because of a hit that caused him serious pain.

  19. I certainly hope we win, I just bought a cute new Patriots cap because they win all the time. I don’t want to get a Jets cap, green isn’t my best color. I hope Drew gets to feeling better, we may need him.

  20. All’s fair in love,war and football. It’s entertainment, so enjoy. Happy holidays!

  21. Not really getting that this is some sort of shot at the Pats. That doesn’t even make any sense, when you think about it. This is the Jets last home game, playing a good team when they know they have to win, in a season where they’re a good team fighting to make the playoffs. Mo Lewis was a great player. When Parcells coached the Pats he said he voted Lewis to the Pro Bowl every yr.

    It’s unfortunate this site has become more about stirring people up than discussing FB. Money, and attracting trolls, I guess. Still, this connection is more than a reach.

  22. Don’t think the Jets are eliminated even if they lose this one. If they beat Buffalo they would be 10-6 and 7-5 in the conference. If Denver loses both of their games they would be 10-6 and 6-6 in the conference. Jets would need KC to win the Division and they get in over Denver.

  23. Did you just write an article insinuating the Jets should “take out” Brady? Sure sounds that way.

    You realize your site traffic would be cut in half, right?

  24. and Brady always has good things to say about the challenge that the Jets present

    Brady would compliment satan if he was playing him that week. You know that game by now.

  25. boston444 says:
    Dec 24, 2015 2:17 PM
    Classless to honor a guy for seriously injuring Bledsoe. Typical jets. I get that it has to do with Brady taking over but show some respect for the guy who lost his job because of a hit that caused him serious pain.

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    Bet you probably laughed when Buffalo made IK capt for their game against the Jets.

  26. Yeah, we all laughed at BUF for that weak move. Now we’re all laughing at the NYJ (again) for theirs.

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