Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens were Red Sox stars that were once hated by Yankee fans. They both went on to play for the Yankees. Johnny Damon was once the heart and soul of the Red Sox, he also played for the Yankees. All three players won World Series in New York.
Those moves reinforced what we have learned along the way as sports fans. We root for the uniform. Free agency in sports has brought with it so much transition that rooting for the uniform is now the norm.
Today, Adam Schefter reported on twitter:
Adam_Schefter Filed to ESPN: Jason Taylor has agreed to become a New York Jet.
Adam_Schefter Jason Taylor’s deal is two years, $13 million. But the real number is one year up to $3.75 million. Taylor is a Jet.
If you can sign a guy that once said about Jets fans: “Giants fans are a different type of people, just put it that way. There’s a little more class on the Giants’ side and some Jets fans take the ‘cl’ out of class.”
Does time heal all wounds? Will Jason Taylor be embraced by Jets fans? It is possible and the reasons why have everything to do with sacking the quarterback. The Jets had the top ranked defense last season, but applying pressure to the quarterback was an area in which they needed to improve.
Taylor has 127.5 career sacks. He is coming off a 2009 season in which he sacked the quarterback 7 times. He has 6 seasons in which he recorded double digit sacks. If age catches up to him this season, he turns 36 in December, he will hear it from Jets Nation. Winning cures a lot of ills and that is what Rex Ryan and company are planning on accomplishing this season.
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