Jets’ Garay, Colon introduced to media

Antonio Garay was known for his unique hairstyles while with the Chargers. Credit: Getty Images
Antonio Garay was known for his unique hairstyles while with the Chargers.
Credit: Getty Images

Upon arriving at the team’s facility last week after signing a free agent deal with the Jets, former Chargers defensive lineman Antonio Garay was greeted by cornerback Antonio Cromartie. The two were teammates in San Diego and Garay was still feeling his way around the team’s headquarters. Cromartie approached Garay and greeted him in jest with “What’s up fat ass?”

Welcome to team, veteran.

But for a Jets defensive line that is thin with depth and experience, they sure are happy to have Colon’s beefy backside, despite a history of injuries that have riddled his career. Entering his eighth year in the league, Garay has played a full 16 games just twice and he was limited to eight games last year with a variety of injuries.

“I’m feeling good right now. I’ve been over here the last few days working out, training. Things are going extremely well,” Garay said on a conference call with beat reporters on Tuesday. “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.”

When he’s healthy, Garay can be a solid player as seen in 2010 and 2011 when he had a combined 105 tackles and eight sacks. With the loss of Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito this offseason, the New Jersey native will be expected to make an impact immediately.

“My role is to go out there and compete. They said that they want everyone to come out here [and] compete for positions. I’m excited for the opportunity to compete,” Garay said. “I know I’m going to push myself to the limits and I plan on pushing everybody that’s in that defensive line room. The best guys will start.”

The Jets will be hoping that guard Willie Colon as well can stay healthy and contribute. Colon was limited to 12 games last year with the Steelers due to his own injuries, and last played a full regular season in 2009. Despite his struggles to get on the field and stay healthy, he has earned a solid reputation despite an evolving door along the offensive line in Pittsburgh.

Colon turns 30 years old next month and the native of the Bronx, who played his college football at Hofstra, is hopeful he can rejuvenate his career in New York.

“I’m going to ride it until the wheels come off, honestly. I feel like I have a lot left in the tank. I have a lot of fight in me. I’m a self-motivated guy,” Colon said. “Money or other things don’t motivate me, but the pure competition of football [motivates me]. I just want to be the best at whatever position I’m at and I just want to be a leader, somebody that just has a strong will to compete and win. That’s what I want to bring to the table.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Grimm choice: Tax fraud trial could dog NY…

Rep. Michael Grimm may be splitting his time between the campaign trail and a courtroom where he is due to face tax evasion charges.

Local

Met Opera, unions extend talks for 72 hours,…

Met Opera agreed to extend negotiations with its labor unions for 72 hours, preventing a threatened lockout, the organization said late Thursday.

Local

MAP: New York City street closures August 2…

Summer Streets, the NYC Triathlon, the Ecuadorian Parade and festivals will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend.

Local

Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on 'Calvary' and his very…

Brendan Gleeson discusses how "Calvary" began over drinks and how his priest character is the opposite of the officer he played in "The Guard."

Movies

Interview: Chris O'Dowd does funny and serious in…

Chris O'Dowd talks about "Calvary," an Irish comedy-drama about a priest (Brendan Gleeson) under fire.

Movies

'Alive Inside' and 'Code Black' are documentaries with…

Two new documentaries — "Alive Inside" and "Code Black" — portray different issues but suffer from the same problem.

Music

Caught a Ghost catches a soul/rap vibe

Jesse Nolan says Caught a Ghost's sound aims for two things everybody likes: soul music and '90s rap.

MLB

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade…

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade deadline

College

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

Career

What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.

Style

Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.

Style

Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.

Wellbeing

Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…