Originally posted on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 10/5/11
One of the storylines this week leading up the Jets-Patriots game will focus on some of the ex-Gang Green members now on the Patriots. None are bigger than Shaun Ellis. The Jets 2000 first-round draft pick and 12-year veteran, a player who thought he was going to be a Jet for life, is now on the Patriots, having chosen New England and its roughly $5-million salary over the Jets and their league minimum. Now, he faces his old team Sunday. After a long talk with Ellis recently, his battle against his former team was the subject of my story in today’s Herald. To me, I was most struck by how much he still identified with the Jets, even though he’s in a different uniform. Tough to wipe that away after a decade. “(Expletive), it’s hard,” Ellis told me, laughing. “You know what I mean? When you’re talking or whatever, (Patriots) will be like, ‘You with us now, you ain’t over there.’ So, just got to re-train my whole thinking. I’ve been there forever. …  Sometimes, I catch myself saying ‘We
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