While other teams give into the temptations of meaningless chatter before their Sunday showdowns, it's nice to see a squad temporarily pushing football aside to send a message of support.
According to ESPN New York's Jane McManus, Jets linebacker Bart Scott, head coach Rex Ryan, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and several other team members texted Pagano a photo of themselves wearing t-shirts they made in support of the hospitalized coach. Their New York-themed CHUCKSTRONG message was particularly meaningful for Scott, Ryan and Pettine, since they worked alongside Pagano while he was a defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens.
"It's just like a friend being hurt: You send them things to make the time go by," Scott told ESPN New York. "A game is a game, but this is real life."