New York Jets veteran right guard Willie Colon hates the New England Patriots.
“I just hate them,” he said to the New York Daily News.
Colon was fined $34,000 in the Jets’ 13-10 loss to the Patriots in Week 2.
“I don’t like them,” Colon said in the run-up to the rematch Sunday at MetLife Stadium. “But at the same time you got to respect what they’ve done as an organization. Winning Super Bowls. They’ve built a tradition there where they get it done. No matter what you feel about them personally, you got to respect that they win.”
Colon, who spent seven years with the Steelers, says the Patriots make excuses when they lose.
“People respect the Steelers because they play you one way,” Colon said. “You never hear an excuse about why the Steelers lose. When we lost, we moved on. I think sometimes when the Patriots lose or things go wrong, it seems as if there’s excuses for why they didn’t have a good game. Sometimes that rubs people the wrong way. I feel that way. If you lose, you take it.”
Still, Colon recognizes that the Patriots are legit.
“They’ve been playing well for a long time,” Colon continued. “You know the Patriots are going to be in the playoffs, hell or high water. You got to respect it whether you like them or not. …They win and they get it done.”