Jets Rumors & News
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The biggest news from training camp today was the visit by future first ballot Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

Via Eric Allen of the New York Jets website are some quotes from Eric Mangini and his thoughts on Rice’s impact on the Jets:

“I think it is always valuable for players to see people who were involved in their sport,” Mangini said at his news conference this afternoon. “But I also believe if you have achieved a level of excellence — in whatever sport or whatever field you have chosen — there are a lot of things you had to do right. There are consistent themes amongst those successful teams and successful people that we can learn from and reinforce what we are teaching them and seeing every day.”

“I don’t know how you could hear someone like him speak and not take something away from it because of what he’s done and who he is — the multiple Super Bowls, the multiple personal achievements,” Mangini said. “He said in 10 years he didn’t take a vacation because when he got through, he forgot about the last year and was moving on to the next year, which is what I agreed with 100 percent.”

The Jets have a practice Sunday, but it’s at an undisclosed location. Sounds like one of those closed high school practices. Maybe Mangini is tired of parents hanging around? Or maybe the Jets will be attending a classical music concert? Or maybe a boxing match?

Stay tuned tomorrow for an update on why the secrecy and if it pays off.

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