New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has been harshly criticized by the hometown media for his decision to attend the Clemson-Georgia football game on Saturday - the all-important cut day for NFL teams.
Ryan defended his decision, however, saying that most of the Jets' business was done before Saturday and that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see his son, Seth, suit up for his first college game.
Ryan made the decision to attend the game knowing that Seth, a walk-on wide receiver, would likely see no action. His trip was publicized after fans tweeted pictures of themselves posing with Ryan tailgating before the game.
"You talk about two loves: I love the Jets and I love my family," Ryan told ESPN. "I was happy to get that opportunity. I certainly wouldn't have gone if I couldn't do my job. If I had to do it over again, absolutely, 100 percent I would do it over again...
“This was an opportunity to go see my son play his first college game. I think ‘played’ is probably not very accurate. I saw him stand there. But it was a great deal. Obviously, it’s not like I’m going to be able to go to another game. It just so happened I could make that one. It was a night game. That’s really what I did. I took advantage of it. It was great. I just played dad there for a day. That was a lot of fun.”