Reggie Jackson Blasts Antonio Cromartie, Rex Ryan for Insulting Patriots

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January 14, 2011

Reggie Jackson knows a thing or two about winning championships — he has five of 'em. He also knows a few things about being a New York legend. As polarizing as he was during his brilliant career, he was a dynamic player and a bona fide superstar.

So when he talks, people listen, and this week, he just about flipped his lid when discussing the trash talk of Antonio Cromartie.

"Shut up, play football," Jackson said on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio. "What are you talking about Bill Belichick and these people for? Spend your time looking at film, spend your time knocking down a pass. What are you doing? You're not affecting [Tom] Brady. You're wasting time."

Jackson, who said he's hoping the Jets win, said he also wasn't a fan of Rex Ryan's jab at Brady, specifically the coach's joke that Brady should have been watching football rather than a Broadway show last Saturday.

"This guy is an automatic Hall of Famer," Jackson said of Brady. "Making fun of him is like making fun of Mariano Rivera. What are you doing? What are you doing?"

Jackson's parting words for Cromartie were rather emotional.

"Go look at the hardware, dude," Jackson said. "Walk through the lobby [in New England] and look at the stuff that's there. You don't have that — you don't have anything close to that. You might want to shut up, you might learn something. Read, you might figure something out. Watch film, you might get educated. If not, you have a chance to get embarrassed on Sunday."

That's one way to stir the drink.

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