Rex Ryan, the boisterous head coach of the New York Jets, will be on Long Island to promote his new book “Play Like You Mean It: Passion, Laughs, and Leadership In The World’s Most Beautiful Game.”
In his first book, the outspoken coach writes about his passion for the game of football, lessons he’s learned, and gives readers a behind the scene look into the National Football League. He will be signing copies of the book at Book Revue in Huntington on Wednesday.
The third-year coach also goes into some of the controversy surrounding the Jets during his first two seasons with the team. He writes about Braylon Edwards’ DWI arrest, the incident involving TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz, the “tripgate” incident–when a member of the Jets staff tripped a Miami Dolphins player during a punt return–and other important events that happened under his watch.
He also goes into the trade of quarterback Mark Sanchez, and the two consecutive AFC Championship games that the team has played in.
Anne Davidson, Publicists and Event Coordinator at Book Revue, said the bookstore expects to be very busy for Ryan’s appearance. She said the signing will start at 7 p.m., and ends when the coach decides to leave. She did say, however, that the signing could end between 9 and 10 p.m.
After being named head coach of the Jets in 2009, Ryan has become an icon amongst Jets fans. The former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator said in his first press conference as head coach that, “I never came here to kiss Bill Belichick’s, you know, rings,” and has established the motto: “Play like a Jet.” He also gained national attention prior to last season when the Jets were featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” where Ryan became the feature character in the documentary series that followed the team for five weeks leading up to the season opener.
In order to get the popular head coach’s signature, the book must be purchased at Book Revue, Davidson said. The store recommends that fans who are planning on arriving early in the afternoon to hold on to the receipt after purchasing the book.