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Monday, November 29, 2010
Updated: November 30, 8:22 AM ET
Rex Ryan 'similar' to Tom Brady

By Ian Begley
ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets coach Rex Ryan earned some major points with his wife Michelle on Monday afternoon.

Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan, wife of Jets coach Rex Ryan, models Jets apparel for the NFL in InStyle Magazine.

During his news conference, Ryan light-heartedly compared himself to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

"I never realized how similar I am to Tom Brady," the coach said. "The obvious physical appearance would be the first thing. The fact that he's married to a supermodel [Gisele Bundchen]? Hello? Yes, I'm also married to a super model."

Ryan then pulled out a copy of the December issue of InStyle Magazine, showing reporters a picture of his wife, Michelle, modeling a green Jets collared shirt. The full-page picture is an ad for NFL apparel.

"I just happened to turn the page in InStyle magazine, page 329. I just realized that we're very similar in that way," the coach said with a laugh.

Ryan was asked later why he'd read InStyle, a monthly women's fashion magazine.

"You just try to broaden your [horizon]. Obviously, with the wardrobe I have, I'm one of those kinds of guys," he joked.

Ryan's Jets face off against Brady's Patriots on Monday night in matchup of two 9-2 teams battling for first place in the AFC East. In addition to the faux comparison between himself and Brady, Ryan also offered a glowing commentary on the Patriots quarterback, who has won an NFL record-tying 25 straight regular-season home games.

"There's no weakness in Brady's game. He's poised, he's competitive, he's a leader," Ryan said.

The Jets held Brady to 248 yards and picked him off twice in their 28-14 Week 2 win.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.