Upon being released by the Jets in the aftermath of the Brett Favre trade, Chad Pennington never spoke publicly of harboring bitterness toward the Jets. Oh, but it was there.
In ESPN's upcoming documentary, "The Brady Six," which looks at the six quarterbacks drafted ahead of Tom Brady in 2000, Pennington gives a candid interview about facing his old team twice in 2008.
Quick refresher: The Jets traded for Favre. They tossed Pennington to the curb. Pennington signed with division rival Miami. Chad lost to the Jets in '08 season opener. But, in the finale at the Meadowlands, he beat the Jets to clinch the AFC East for the Dolphins, who were 1-15 in the previous season. It capped a late-season collapse by the Jets.
It was all too much for Jets owner Woody Johnson, who fired Eric Mangini a few hours after the game.
In the ESPN documentary, Pennington comes clean.
"The first game, I didn't want to play the game of football," Pennington says. "I wanted to get out there on the 50, put on the gloves and let's go at it. ... I wanted that too much.
"Sixteen weeks after, all that was gone. There was such a peace about it, and it wasn't even like I was playing the Jets. It was, 'We're playing for the AFC East crown. We're playing to make NFL history here.'"
After the win, Pennington is mobbed by teammates in an emotional locker-room scene, where he receives a game ball from coach Tony Sparano. Check out Tim Graham's AFC East blog, which has a clip from the documentary.