Goldy will be thrilled with this story. Rex Ryan has brought his safety, Jim Leonhard, to New York with him to play safety for the Jets.
A couple of solid quotes from Ryan:
"Jim Leonhard is special," Ryan said. "No. 1, he looks like the guy delivering papers. He really is a smart player. He has a lot of poise. He's very sure of himself."
"For some reason he gets saddled because he's short, but this guy's an outstanding athlete. He won two slam-dunk contests at the University of Wisconsin. He's an outstanding punt returner. I've always said he could catch a punt in a hurricane."
I didn't know the slam dunk contest story made it all the way to the NFL coaching circles. Not sure how we missed that one last week when we were recounting the cliches that announcers like to throw out on broadcasts when discussing UW athletes.
And it seems like Rex is contributing to the "he gets saddled because he's short" issue when he calls him a paperboy. But congratulations, Jim. We'll see how good you are in the NFL now that Ed Reed isn't lining up next to you.