Although reluctant to admit so, Breno Giacomini grew up in Boston rooting for the New England Patriots. He signed a big contract with the New York Jets, and that means facing his former favorite team twice a season.
Patriots fans might have mocked the Jets for annoucing the signing mere moments after the news broke that the Pats had landed Darrelle Revis. But after some coaxing during a conference call with media members, Giacomini admitted that he did in fact root for the local team as a kid.
"Yeah, I was," he said, according to NJ.com. "I liked Drew Bledsoe a lot growing up."
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For now, Giacomini, who was the starting right tackle on the Seattle Seahawks last season, has the last laugh. He has earned a Super Bowl ring he can flash to any taunting fans. But that won't be enough. Giacomini, who said he wanted to "bring a little bit of nastiness" to the Jets, also hopes to stick it to the team he once loved.
"Maybe after the game will be a lot better," Giacomini said of the next time the Jets meet the Patriots. "I can tell my friends and family that are all Patriots fans to go kick some rocks. It'll definitely be fun after we win."
If they want to be clever, Patriots fans could choose to eschew the four-letter-word response to that and instead opt for a fiver: "Revis."
All in the name of a great rivalry, of course.
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