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.