Rex Ryan

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It would take real courage for Rex Ryan to announce that the New York Jets will be the first team to play touch football. (6:03)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE HEAD

COACH OF NEW YORK JETS.

I COULD GO ALL THE WAY TO THE

INTERVIEW TABLE.

PLEASE WELCOME REX RYAN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HEY COACH, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANKS YOU -- THANKS FOR COMING.

>> MY PLEASURE.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE NOT ONLY A

MAN OF SPORT YOU ARE A MAN OF

LETTERS.

YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK CALLED "PLAY

LIKE YOU MEAN IT: PASSION,

LAUGHS AND LEADERSHIP IN THE

WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL GAME."

DO SOME PLAYERS PLAY LIKE THEY

DON'T MEAN IT?

THAT SOUNDS LIKE AN ACTING

EXERCISE.

PLAY LIKE YOU MEAN IT.

DO YOU HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE NO

YOU ARE ON THE FIELD.

YOU'VE GOT THE BALL.

[LAUGHTER]

>> OH, MY GOODNESS I TELL YOU

WHAT IF THEY DON'T PLAY LIKE

THEY MEAN IT, THEY WILL PLAY

SOMEWHERE ELSE.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOMEONE WHO

PLAYS LIKE THEY MEAN IT AND LIKE

THEY DON'T.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

>> THE GUY GETTING BEAT ALL THE

TIME CAN PLAY FOR SOMEBODY ELSE.

WE'LL TAKE THE GUY THAT IS

TACKLING AND CATCHING BALLS.

STUFF LIKE THAT.

>> Stephen: TACKLING, CATCHING

BALLS.

COACHING IS DIFFICULT.

TACKLE, CATCH, BALL.

GREAT.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU CALL THIS THE WORLD'S MOST

BEAUTIFUL GAME.

I HAVE HEARD FOOTBALL CALLED

AGGRESSIVE, BREATHETAKING,

THRILLING, YOU KNOW, MACHO WHAT

IS BEAUTIFUL --

>> ALL OF THE ABOVE.

ALL THAT STUFF.

>> Stephen: THAT MAKES IT

BEAUTIFUL?

>> SURE IT DOES.

IT TAKES -- IT'S COMPETITIVE.

IT TAKES COURAGE TO PLAY THIS

GAME AND ALL THAT.

>> Stephen: DO YOU EVER LOOK

AT A SUNSET AND GO, I'D LIKE TO

SEE SOMEBODY TACKLE THAT?

LOOK AT A MOUNTAIN OR A SEQUOIA

AND THINK I WANT THAT THINK TO

GET SACKED.

[LAUGHTER]

>> NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT THAT.

>> Stephen: I ASSUME YOU CAN'T

TALK ABOUT THE STRIKE.

[LAUGHTER]

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE STRIKE.

[LAUGHTER]

AS THE LOCKOUT GOING ON RIGHT

NOW.

ONE DAY LAST FRIDAY THE PLAYERS

WERE ALLOWED TO COME IN DID YOU

TALK TO THEM AS QUICKLY AS YOU

COULD AND SAY FOR GOD'S SAKE

STAY IN SHAPE!

>> YOU KNOW WHAT'S FUNNY THERE

WERE FOUR OR FIVE PLAYERS THAT

CAME IN.

I GOT TO SEE THOSE GUYS.

WE HAD OUR FIRST ROUND DRAFT

PICK COME IN THE BUILDING.

I GOT TO SEE HIM.

>> Stephen: THE DRAFT IS SON

FRIDAY, RIGHT?

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: WAS THAT DIFFICULT

TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE DRAFT

BECAUSE YOU MUST HAVE WANTED TO

WATCH THE ROYAL WEDDING.

>> I GOT TO SEE THAT EARLY.

MY WIFE WATCHED IT AND IT WAS

CRAZY.

I WENT DOWN AND SAID THIS IS

UNBELIEVABLE.

YOU TALK ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT.

>> Stephen: THEY GOT A NICE

RING.

>> YEAH.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: SO I ASSUME YOU

CAN'T DO INTO ANY DETAILS ABOUT

THE STRIKE.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

LET'S JUST CALL IT THE FLAPJACK.

AND LET'S JUST SAY THERE'S A

GRIDDLE, OKAY THAT THE FLAPJACK

IS ON AND THEN THERE'S THE

FLIPPER THAT WORKS ON THE FIELD

THAT THE GRIDIRON OWNS.

WHEN DO YOU THINK SHOULD WIN THE

FLIPPER OR THE GRIDDLE?

>> Ed: OH, MY GOOD --

>> OH, MY GOODNESS.

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT YOU ALWAYS

SAY THIS THE OWNERS WANT THERE

TO BE FOOTBALL.

THE PLAYERS WANT TO PLAY

FOOTBALL AND THE FANS WANT TO

SEE SO I THINK SOMEBODY WILL BE

EATING BREAKFAST SOON.

>> Stephen: I LIKE THAT.

THAT'S NICE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THERE'S SOME CONTROVERSY IN

FOOTBALL PLAYERS GETTING

INJURED, PLAYERS SPEARING EACH

OTHER WITH THEIR HELMETS, DO YOU

ENCOURAGE THAT?

>> OFFICIALLY, NO.

IT'S NOT TRUE WE DON'T.

>> Stephen: I WOULD SAY

UNOFFICIALLY YOU WANT ACTUAL

SPEARS.

THERE'S A --

>> THERE'S A SPORT CALLED

ROLLERBALL I THINK.

>> Stephen: I DO YOU WORRY

THAT THE VIOLENCE OF GAME SENDS

THE MESSAGE TO THE YOUTH THAT

THEY NEED TO BE AS ROUGH AND

TUMBLE AND AS VIOLENT AND

BEAUTIFUL AS NFL PLAYERS.

>> IF THEY ARE PLAYING FOOTBALL

THEY NEED TO BE BECAUSE THAT'S

THE WAY THE GAME SHOULD BE

PLAYED.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

WHAT IF YOU SHOWED REAL COURAGE.

DO YOU BELIEVE COURAGE IS PART

OF FOOTBALL?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: WHAT IF YOU SHOWED

REAL COURAGE AND SAID OKAY THE

JETS ARE WE GOING TO THE FIRST

TEAM THAT PLAYS TOUCH FOOTBALL.

YOU PLAY US, IT'S TWO-HAND TOUCH

OR FLAG -- OR FLOG -- BUT -- OR

FLAG BUT WE'RE DOING IT TO SEND

AN EXAMPLE FOR THE KIDS.

THAT WOULD TAKE COURAGE, DON'T

YOU THINK?

YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE BRAVE TO

SAY THAT.

>> THAT'S FOR SOMEBODY ELSE.

>> Stephen: LETTER.

YOU ARE A LEADER, CORRECT --

>> I GUESS.

I DON'T KNOW NOW I'M AFRAID TO

ANSWER.

JUST KIDDING.

>> Stephen: DON'T BE AFRAID TO

ANSWER.

DOES THIS BOOK TEACH SOMETHING

OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A LEADER?

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO LEAD MEN

WHO PROBABLY HAVE STRONG

OPINIONS OF THEIR OWN?

>> RIGHT.

I JUST THINK THE BIG THING ABOUT

LEADERSHIP IS NUMBER ONE IT'S

NOT MY ABILITIES IT'S OUR

ABILITIES.

I'M FORTUNATE I'M SURROUNDED BY

A LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE.

I'M SET UP TO SUCCEED.

IT'S GOING TO BE HARD FOR ME TO

FAIL WITH THE KIND OF PEOPLE I'M

SURROUNDED BY EVERY DAY.

>> Stephen: YOUR DAD A FAMOUS

COACH BUDDY RYAN.

YOUR REX RYAN.

IS -- YOU'RE REX RYAN.

IS EVERYBODY IN THE FAMILY NAMED

AFTER A DOG?

>> OH, MY GOODNESS.

LA

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