FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (WPIX)—Thousands of fans came out to the New York Jets' training camp in Florham Park Saturday for a special send-off before Sunday's AFC Championship game.
Gang Green will fly off to Indianapolis Saturday to take on the Colts in a fight to play in their second Super Bowl ever.
Fans created a "runway" at the training facility to help the Jets prepare for take-off. Players ran though the crowds, shaking hands and accepting words of encouragement. "J-E-T-S, Jets Jets Jets," fans chanted, getting progressively louder with each repetition.
Jets' coach, Rex Ryan thanked fans for the support: "I can't thank you enough for coming out here today and sending us off. I can tell you this... The Indianapolis Colts are going to have their little send-off thing in a mall -- there's like 200 people. We know where the real fans are."
Earlier this week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor David Paterson threw a giant pep rally in Times Square. Former Jets running back Curtis Martin, Leon Washington, who got injured in Week 7 of this season, and Jets owner Woody Johnson were all in attendance to cheer on the team.
The Jets defeated the then-Baltimore Colts to win their first and only Super Bowl in 1969.