Antonio Garay already felt like playing for the Jets was a homecoming.
The Rahway native and former New Jersey state wrestling champion has more than 70 family members still in the area, just a few miles from Florham Park. He was on the Jets practice squad back in 2009 before heading to San Diego.
And if that wasn't enough, things were solidified at the team facility Tuesday morning. Since he didn't have a code to get in, his former Chargers teammate and new neighbor Antonio Cromartie opened the door and said: "What up, fat ass?"
"Everybody’s happy," Garay said on a conference call with reporters this afternoon. "Everyone’s excited. I couldn’t wait to jump at the opportunity to come back here and play for the Jets. (I am) just ecstatic (and) excited over here."
Garay, 33, said he'll come in and compete at the nose tackle position, although he can play in multiple fronts.
Despite a string of injuries and the ware that accompanies 10 years in the league, Garay said he's healthy now. He worked out in Florham Park this morning alongside his competition in 2013, Kenrick Ellis.
"I’m feeling good right now," Garay said. "I’ve been over here the last few days working out (and) training. Things are going extremely well. I’m just working on the future, getting ready to gear up, playing to the best of my ability and competing for a starting job over here. It’s on the table for everybody and I think it’s great. I’m like a young bull getting ready to go back into the ring."
Garay says he feels like a 'young bull' at 33, ready to compete for NT job
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