What it Takes to Be a Jets Fan

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Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets fans from left Nick Marcello , Anthony Forte , Wayne Mitchell , Mike Forte and Scott Lissner pose for a photo before the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Today is my ninth wedding anniversary. With that, it got me thinking about my other love, and I am sure the love of anyone reading this, the New York Jets.

We are an interesting breed, aren’t we? It certainly is not easy to be a Jets fan. We have put up with a lot over the years, too much. If any group of fans deserves a championship, we do.

So, what does it take to be a Jets fan? Here is my take.

THICK SKIN

At least for me, that has been the most important part, for a few reasons. As much as the Jets talk, Giant fans talk to us when they win. I have spent the better part of my life getting it from Giants fans all around me. Personally, there are a lot of Giants fans in my family, so it doesn’t make it any easier. For all of the futility we have dealt with, it takes a thick skin to be able to take all of the abuse we get, doesn’t it?

The other reason a thick skin is important, has to do with the teams we like. What baseball team do a lot of us Jets fans root for? The Mets, that’s who! There aren’t a lot of Jets fans that are Yankees fans, or at least I haven’t met them. I am certainly not one either. The punishment doled out to people that are Jets fans and Mets fans is tough. Without a thick skin, we wouldn’t be able to watch our sports teams after all of these years.

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