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Byrd inspired Jets in Foxborough

Gang Green players credit former lineman's speech for extra push versus Patriots

Updated: January 17, 2011, 2:42 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After a week of trash-talking madness, from Rex Ryan to Antonio Cromartie to Bart Scott, the New York Jets derived their greatest inspiration from a speech that left them utterly silent.

Not many people have the ability to render this coach and this team mute, but the yapping Jets were spellbound Saturday night at their team hotel on the eve of their AFC divisional playoff against the New England Patriots. Former Jets defensive end Dennis Byrd, whose career was tragically ...

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