This morning, coach made a stop along his book tour to tape an episode of “CenterStage” on the YES Network. I was lucky enough to attend the taping, and Rex spent an engaging and entertaining hour with the voice of the Yankees.
Without giving away too much for when it airs, (not sure when yet), Rex, in his normal colorful way, takes us on a timeline through his life, from his humble beginnings in Norman, OK., through his hiring with the Gang Green. Interesting nuggets ranged from the fact that his parents split when he and Rob were very young, to the fact that he was 45 minutes late to his interview for the head coaching job with the Jets. He gave his usual high praise to guys like Brady, Manning and Bill Belichick. He took a small jab at the recent back and forth with Justin Tuck. Michael Kay mentioned the Super Bowl ring Rex earned in 2000 with the Ravens, and Rex responded by saying something to the effect of, “I didn’t know I got that one if you ask Justin Tuck”. He spoke deeply to the love of his job, and very highly of his family, especially of the time with the Cardinals spent working side by side with his father and brother Rob.
A funny aside story was that Rex actually dated a Playboy Playmate at 20 years old. To show how it can be tough for us guys , even shared the fact that he used the pickup line “You must be from heaven, because you look like an angel to me.” It actually worked, giving hope to all the single guys in the room.
Rex was asked during a commercial break, if a local restaurant decided to name a sandwich after him, what would he want it called, and what would be on it? He replied “How about ‘The All Out Blitz and put everything on it”. Classic Rex, and we loved it. He got an ovation when he said his best feeling was when they beat the Patriots.
All in all a very entertaining hour with Coach Ryan. It was Rex just being himself, and everyone will learn quite a bit about coach when it premieres.