Perhaps this shouldn't come as a surprise, but a few Ravens players said on Monday that they were pulling for the New York Jets to win the Super Bowl. After all, the Jets boast former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan as head coach, former linebackers coach Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator and former players in linebacker Bart Scott, safety JIm Leonhard and defensive tackle Marques Douglas.
"Obviously, you want to see those guys do well," safety Haruki Nakamura said. "It would have been awesome to see a Ravens-Jets matchup. It just would have been a classic. It would have been one of those hard-nosed football games in the cold weather in New Jersey. But you've got to cheer for those guys. When you see guys like Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard and guys that you played with last year, you really hope they do well."
Said linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo: "I counted them out. I said, 'OK, let's see. San Diego is going to play Indy. Whom do I want to win out of that game? Philip Rivers is a jerk. Peyton Manning's real good, but he beat me in the Super Bowl, so I don't want him.' And then I was like, 'I don't really want Brett Favre to win. So I think I'm going to have to go with the Saints.' But now that the Jets have won, Jets all the way."