Quick study: Pryor hates Patriots & Giants

June, 6, 2014
Jun 6
New York Jets first-round pick Calvin Pryor, a self-proclaimed trash talker, is off to an impressive start in his NFL career. The hard-hitting safety has jumped into the Jets-New England Patriots rivalry, expressing dislike for Tom Brady.

“We don’t like Tom at all,” Pryor said on a SportsNet New York interview taped earlier in the week. "When I first came here, that was one of the first things I heard about: We hate the Patriots and we hate the Giants.”

The so-called Border War has produced many venomous comments over the years. Brady himself has remarked he hates the Jets. In 2010, Antonio Cromartie took it to a new level -- or a lower level, depending on your perspective -- using profanity to describe his animosity toward the Patriots' quarterback.

You just don't expect it from a rookie. But, hey, it's part of the NFL: Learning to despise your No. 1 rival.

“So we hate those guys and I look forward to playing them this season,” Pryor said.

Pryor will get his first crack at the Patriots -- and vice versa -- Oct. 16, a Thursday night game in Foxborough, Massachusetts. As for the New York Giants, the Jets don't play them in the regular season until 2015, but there's always the preseason affair.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.