Rex Ryan: It's 'bummer' Jets aren't in Super Bowl

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2014 at 4:13 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Rex Ryan leaned through the window of a busy ice cream truck and told a bundled-up fan to make an important playcall.

"Rainbow sprinkles," the New York Jets coach asked. "Or, chocolate?"

Ryan had a whirlwind day of Super Bowl-related promotional appearances Friday that included handing out soft-serve vanilla ice cream cones on Broadway for New Era cap's "Embrace the Cold" event, and meeting fans at a midtown restaurant renamed "Jets House" for the week.

Ryan played the role of the Good Humor Man for about an hour, serving a few hundred fans who posed for pictures with the Jets coach and didn't let the 32-degree temperatures get in the way of enjoying a frosty treat.

"Didn't drop any of 'em," the sure-handed Ryan said, laughing. "But I definitely had a few leaners."

Oh, and that fan, by the way, picked rainbow sprinkles — as did many others.

"Yep, rainbow dominated," Ryan declared.

This week has been a bit bittersweet for Ryan, who has enjoyed the spectacle of the NFL's biggest game being held in the town in which he coaches. But, it also bothers him that it's the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks playing in it and not his Jets.

"It's a bummer," said Ryan, who'll watch the game from home rather than at MetLife Stadium. "What else are you going to say? Obviously, the fact it's here, you want to be a part of it. It just drives you even more and more."

Ryan, who completed his fifth season as coach, received a contract extension after the Jets finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the third straight year.

"You've got to earn your way to get here," Ryan said. "We certainly didn't earn our way. These two teams did, and it should be a great Super Bowl."

Peyton Manning and the Broncos have set up shop at the Jets' facility all week as they prepare for Sunday's game.

"Well, it could've been worse," Ryan said. "It could've been New England. We kid about that all the time. I mean, you don't want anybody there, but the fact that Denver earned that trip here, I understand it. I will say this: It does show the league about our facilities and about the commitment this organization has to being a championship team."

Despite not getting to the postseason, Ryan feels good about how the Jets won three of their last four to finish at .500.

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