Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports Shaun Ellis, the Jets 2000 first-round draft pick and 12-year veteran, a player who thought he was going to be a Jet for life, is now on the Patriots, having chosen New England and its roughly $5-million salary over the Jets and their league minimum. Now, he faces his old team Sunday.
After a long talk with Ellis recently, his battle against his former team was the subject of my story in today’s Herald.
To me, I was most struck by how much he still identified with the Jets, even though he’s in a different uniform. Tough to wipe that away after a decade
“(Expletive), it’s hard,” Ellis told me, laughing. “You know what I mean? When you’re talking or whatever, (Patriots) will be like, ‘You with us now, you ain’t over there.’ So, just got to re-train my whole thinking. I’ve been there forever. … Sometimes, I catch myself saying ‘We.’ But it’s one of them things. It’s like, ‘Oh, did I say that? I ain’t there no more.’