It's that semi-regular time of year around here known as AFC Championship Week, and to kick it off, let's re-acquaint ourselves with the most obnoxious faces of the Steelers' opponent:
1. RYAN, Rex
CLAIM TO FAME: An internet foot-fetish video scandal involving his wife.
REASONS WHY THE JETS PUT UP WITH HIM: 22-13 regular season record, 4-1 in postseason, 2 AFC Championship appearances in two seasons with the Jets.
2. HOLMES, Santonio
CLAIMS TO FAME: Sold drugs as a teenager; has a hat trick of arrests to his credit; suspended four games by the NFL in 2010 for violating their substance abuse policy; once told someone to kill themselves on Twitter; got involved in an altercation on a flight; tweeted that he was going to wake and bake; had naked pictures surface on the net (sorry, you can Google that yourself).
REASONS WHY THE JETS PUT UP WITH HIM: Super Bowl MVP pedigree; 746 yards receiving, 6 TDs in 12 games in 2010; actually a dangerous player if and when his head is in the game and he's not suspended.
3. ED, Fireman
CLAIMS TO FAME: Loud, obnoxious, camera-hogging fan who gets nearly as much face time as Mark Sanchez during the average Jets game; actually has a Wikipedia page; charged with simple assault when a Giants fan interrupted his sacred Jets chant in 2010.
REASONS WHY THE JETS PUT UP WITH HIM: None I can easily identify.
4. CROMARTIE, Antonio
CLAIMS TO FAME: Fathered nine children with eight women living in six states, and has been named in at least five paternity suits in the past two years; tried to remember all the kids' names on an episode of HBO's Hard Knocks; called Tom Brady an a-hole.
REASONS WHY THE JETS PUT UP WITH HIM: Former All-Pro and Pro Bowler with San Diego in 2007; 1st round pick in 2006.
5. SCOTT, Bart
CLAIMS TO FAME: Said of Wes Welker, "I'll tell you what. Be very careful what you say about our coach. His (Welker's) days in a uniform will be numbered. Put it like that."; gave ridiculous interview to Sal Paolantonio after beating the Patriots on Sunday; allegedly threatened to kill Hines Ward after a game.
REASONS WHY THE JETS PUT UP WITH HIM: 2006 All-Pro and Pro Bowler; most visible player link to Rex Ryan's Baltimore days.
6. EDWARDS, Braylon
CLAIMS TO FAME: Got into a beef with one of Lebron's boys in 2009, just two days before getting traded to the Jets; blew twice the legal limit when pulled over in 2010, resulting in DWI;
REASONS WHY THE JETS PUT UP WITH HIM: 3rd overall pick in 2005 would lead one to believe he has some talent; 2007 Pro Bowl selection, with 16 TDs; 904 yards, 7 TDs in 2010; scored Jets' second touchdown on Sunday;
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