The NY Jets' stunning 31-30 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Week 2 garnered the attention of numerous notable figures, both from the sports world and elsewhere. Although most probably wouldn't have predicted that a former president of the United States would be among those to comment.
Former President Donald Trump got a little sidetracked at a recent rally in North Carolina and recapped the Jets' thrilling comeback victory over the Browns.
In particular, Trump said that he called up both Jets head coach Robert Saleh and Jets general manager Joe Douglas after the game to congratulate them on their victory.
Trump took it a step further saying that he told Saleh that he was "greater than Vince Lombardi." You know, the same Vince Lombardi who won seven NFL championships and the same Vince Lombardi who is literally the namesake of the Super Bowl trophy.
That's quite the comparison. Of course, it's not as if Trump's words carry much weight in the football world, but it is...interesting...to see the Jets make national headlines for something like this.
Trump's connection to the Jets largely stems from his relationship with team owner Woody Johnson. Johnson previously served as the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom during Trump's stint in the White House.
For that reason, it's not surprising to see the former president favor the green and white.
The NY Jets received national media attention after their historic Week 2 win
While this kind of press is bizarre, to say the least, it is nice to see the Jets receive praise from unlikely sources. Generally, when the Jets receive this type of attention, it's in the form of negativity or outright mockery.
Even former Jets head coach Rex Ryan recently took a shot at the team on an episode of The Amazing Race, on which he is participating, when he joked about how even he couldn't win a Super Bowl with the Jets.
Ultimately, the narrative around the Jets won't change until the Jets begin to string together wins. Sunday's thrilling, come-from-behind victory was a good start, but there's still plenty of work to be done.
For now, however, Jets fans will take all the praise they can get — even if it comes from questionable sources.