- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Ex-Jet Jerricho Cotchery's going to face Gang Green for the first time on Sunday.
And it's going to be weird.
"Every week when we start taking our notes on opposing defenses, I write the team's name that we're playing at the top of my page. This week I was writing the Jets, so it was a little weird," Cotchery said with a laugh.
Cotchery spent his first seven seasons with the Jets, establishing himself as a sure-handed target and a veteran presence in the locker room.
But, for several reasons, he and the team could not come to terms after the 2010 season. Cotchery decided to sign a one-year deal with the Steelers.
On Wednesday, Cotchery said he had no regrets about leaving New York.
"I don't think everyone really knows everything that transpired between myself and the Jets," the nine-year veteran said. "Everything there is just between us, so there isn't anything to look back on and say, 'I really regret it.' "
Cotchery was hesitant to compare the Steelers and Jets during a conference call with New York reporters on Wednesday.
But what he did say may have provided a glimpse into one of his reasons for leaving New York.
He noted that Pittsburgh's franchise is "run like a family business. They take care of their players. Everyone is held to a high standard and they put you back in line when (you don't meet the standard)."
There was wide-spread speculation that Cotchery didn't re-sign with the Jets because he had no desire to be a part of a receiving corps featuring Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress -- both perceived as more me-first than team-first players.
Perhaps tellingly, Cotchery said he had many friends left in the Jets' locker room -- naming Brandon Moore, among others -- but he didn't mention Holmes.
Cotchery was in talks with the Jets over the summer, kicking the tires on a possible reunion. But he says that he was never close to returning.
Ultimately, the 30-year-old signed a two-year, $3 million deal with Pittsburgh.
"I did talk to the Jets but at the end of the day, Pittsburgh really wanted me here and it's a place that I wanted to come back to. So I don't think anything would (have) come between (myself and Pittsburgh) at that point in time," Cotchery said. "It's just a great atmosphere here. Once you're a part of this atmosphere it's hard to go somewhere else."
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