Rex Ryan: His 10 Most Outrageous Moments
Rex Ryan has stolen the spotlight once again.
The New York Jets head coach is the topic of conversation in the sports world after a foot fetish video reportedly featuring Ryan and his wife Michelle has hit the Internet.
Deadspin.com originally posted the video, which features a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Michelle Ryan having a sexually-charged conversation about her feet with a man who is off camera.
Oddly enough, the camera man sounds pretty familiar--like Rex Ryan in fact--and it is reportedly the Ryans in that video.
There has been no confirmation that it is indeed Ryan and his wife in the video, but this story is sure to stick around for a while.
That being said, I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at some of Ryan's wackiest moments from his coaching career.
After all, the guy has a ton of 'em.
10. Rex Ryan Anoints The Jets The Super Bowl Favorites
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In the 2009-10 season, the Jets sneaked into the playoffs and were the underdogs in their Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Well, Rex Ryan was at first surprised the Bengals were the favorites and later offered his take on the situation.
“I wasn’t aware of that,” Ryan said. “But to me, I think we should be favorites.”
But Ryan wasn't talking just about that Bengals game.
“I mean in the whole tournament," Ryan added.
Gotta love the confidence from Ryan here, even if it wasn't true.
9. The Shake Weight
This would be No. 1 if it wasn't so short, but I couldn't leave it off this list.
I know you have seen the commercial for "The Shake Weight," which is sort of like "The Snuggie."
You don't want to buy it, but you really want to see what this thing's all about.
Well, on this season of Hard Knocks, the Jets purchased 100 "Shake Weights," and Rex Ryan tried it out for a few seconds.
8. Rex Ryan Attempts To Take Off His Flyers Jersey
At a hockey game in Raleigh, North Carolina between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers, Rex Ryan decided it would be a good idea to wear a Philadelphia Flyers jersey.
I guess that's fine given his connection to the city, especially considering there was no real problem until Ryan attempted to remove his Flyers jersey in favor of a Hurricanes one.
Two hot Hurricanes employees gave the jersey to Ryan, who had a little trouble removing his orginial jersey.
As he took the shirt off, Ryan revealed a big belly that I can only imagine was filled with nachos, beer, hot dogs and M&Ms.
He actually laughed it off, but so did an arena full of people and everybody who saw this game (or the highlights) on TV.
7. Rex Ryan Vs. Channing Crowder
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It was June of 2009, roughly two months before the NFL regular season kicked off, but that didn't stop Rex Ryan from making the Jets rivalry with the Miami Dolphins a little more interesting.
When a reporter asked Ryan about Channing Crowder, Ryan acted as if he had never heard of the Dolphins linebacker.
“I don’t know this Channing Crowder. All I know is that he’s all tatted up, so I guess I ought to be nervous about him. If I was younger, I’d probably handle him myself.”
After some more verbal battles between the two, Ryan concluded his war of words with these final lines: “Let’s see if he can top this one. I’ve walked over tougher guys going to a fight.”
Ryan added, "He can send himself and his father after me."
I'd pay some good money to see those two go at it, even if their trash talking is something you'd see between 12 year olds on a playground.
6. Impersonating His Twin Brother, Rob Ryan
When the Jets played the Cleveland Browns earlier in the season, most of the focus wasn't on the actual game.
Rather, it was on the battle of brotherly love between Rex Ryan and Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who just so happens to be Rex's twin brother.
Rex traded his Jets clothes in for some Browns attire, before portraying Rob at a Jets conference prior to the game.
Only in the NFL can we see a head coach don a wig and the wardrobe of the opposing team.
And I gotta say, I could hardly tell the two apart.
5. Rex Ryan On The NFL's Uniform Policy
I remember watching this episode of Hard Knocks and cracking up at Rex Ryan's take on the NFL's uniform policy.
You would think Ryan might spend at least 30 seconds discussing it, but nope.
Ryan breaks down the policy in one simple phrase: "Wear your uniform."
There's something to be said for getting straight to the point. Haha.
That was classic.
Tom Brady's married to one of the hottest women on the planet, Gisele Bundchen.
But does Rex Ryan also have himself a hottie for a wife?
Well, prior to the Jets recent Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots, Ryan made the case that he and Brady aren't that different.
"I never realized how similar that I am to Tom Brady," Ryan said during a press conference. "I mean, the obvious physical appearance would be the first thing. The fact that he's married to a supermodel? Hello?"
Ryan then held up an issue of InStyle Magazine, which features his wife, Michelle, in an ad for NFLShop.com.
"Yeah," Ryan said, "I'm also married to a supermodel."
Something tells me he slept on the couch after that sarcastic remark.
3. My Brother Released You
In the 2010 preseason, Rex Ryan was caught on camera jawing with Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
And the result is just phenomenal.
Ryan looks at Hall and says, "Hey, you ain't gonna tackle nobody. What are you talking about? That's why my brother got rid of your ass."
For those that are wondering, Rob Ryan was the defensive coordinator in Oakland when Hall was brought to the Raiders and released shortly therafter.
Blood is thicker than water, guys.
2. The Snack Speech
On an episode HBO's hit show Hard Knocks, Rex Ryan delivered a passionate speech to the entire Jets team during training camp.
As is customary of the coach, the speech was filled with a ton of expletives, but it was incredible to watch.
You could see the fire in his eyes and hear it in his voice.
But one sentence turned it from "passionate speech" to "why did he say that?"
At the conclusion of his talk, Ryan finished with the angry line, "Let's go eat a goddamn snack."
I haven't been that pissed off about snack time since I discovered they discontinued Dunkaroos when I was in third grade.
1. The Foot Fetish Video
Rex Ryan apparently has a foot fetish.
That definitely isn't my cup of tea, but OK. Whatever floats your boat, dude.
But you're the head coach of the New York Jets, so maybe you should be a little more discreet about stuff like this.
And you certainly shouldn't ask to smell your wife's feet (if that is indeed you in the video).
I mean, aren't there more enjoyable things in life than this?
Go win a Super Bowl or something.