FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Wayne Hunter loved the Jets, but he could’t wait to get away from the fans and media. ”They’re like sharks,” Hunter told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, commenting for the first time since he was traded last week to the Rams. “They let you know (their feelings) right off the bat. And even if you’re doing good, they may just not like you for the heck of it. It’s brutal over there. Those fans, they know what they want and they pretty much demand it. So if you don’t give it to them, they’ll let you know.” Hunter said he couldn’t put into words what it was like to play in New York. ”No, I can’t,” he said. “There’s no words to describe it. If you can handle the ‘Concrete Jungle,’ you can handle anywhere. I’ve been through it all.” Hunter welcomed the change of scenery. ”I think it’s what I needed,” he said. “I think it’s what we both needed, from what I heard. It’ll be interesting. So I wish him the best, and I’m going to make the best of this opportunity over here. We’re going to fill this stadium up.” Hunter harbors no animosity toward the Jets. ”There’s no chip on my shoulder. The New York Jets treated me so well,” he said. “I had the best four years over there. We had a great run with two AFC championships. I’ve got nothing to complain about. I love those guys, I wish ‘em the best but it’s time for me to move on.”
I don’t wanna keep piling on Wayne Hunter here. He’s moved on and wished the Jets luck and he’s handled everything like a class act. But I can’t sit there and let him paint this picture that Jets fans voiced their displeasure “for the heck of it.” Says that we were “brutal” for no reason. Bottom line is, Wayne, you were absolutely atrocious at your job. You were probably worse at your position than any other player in the NFL. You were a integral piece of the offense absolutely sucking. An integral piece of the demise of that team. We didn’t hate you for the heck of it, we hated you because you consistently ruined our Sundays week in and week out for an entire season. This isn’t an A Rod situation where spoiled Yankees fans booed him no matter how well he performed. This is the example of a tortured and loyal fan base fed up with someone underperforming. The same fan base that will praise and glorify you if you excel. I don’t know what “sharks” means, but if it means we’re a dedicated and knowledgable group with high standards that doesn’t tolerate failure, then sure, we’re sharks.
Again, throughout all his struggles Wayne Hunter was a real class act so I’m not trying to just bash him for shits. He’s a real nice dude. But at the end of the day its not about being a nice dude. Its about protecting the quarterback and doing your job.