FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Calvin Pace has seen a lot of Tom Brady over the years.
Too much, as far as the New York Jets linebacker is concerned. And, way too many losses to the New England Patriots quarterback.
"Blame Shaun Ellis," Pace joked on Wednesday. "If Shaun didn't get that hit on the sideline, they might have somebody else at quarterback. But things happen like that sometimes."
Actually, it was Mo Lewis who slammed into Drew Bledsoe's chest during a game in 2001 and injured the Patriots quarterback. In came Brady - and the rest is NFL history.
"Was that Mo Lewis?" Pace said when corrected by a reporter. "I'm sorry. Yeah, Mo Lewis.
"So, blame Mo Lewis."
Lewis actually will be in attendance Sunday at MetLife Stadium when the Jets and Patriots square off.
The former Jets linebacker, who hasn't been in the public eye much since his retirement after the 2003 season, will serve as the team's "pilot of the game" - and maybe have a chance to reverse all that bad karma when he goes to midfield for the pregame coin toss as the honorary captain.
Brady is 22-6 against the Jets, including 1-1 in the playoffs, as a starter with 42 touchdown passes and just 13 interceptions. The Patriots have also won nine of the past 10 matchups. >> Read more...