Ryan kept the mood light prior to the first meeting of the teams in the 2011 regular season by opening a press conference with his "Hall of Fame" stunt. Ryan wore a makeshift "Hall of Fame" jacket from his alma mater, Southwestern Oklahoma State and said he was being inducted to the school's hall, thereby making the Patriots-Jets game "two Hall of Famers [coaches] butting heads."
I mean youre talking about two Hall of Famers, Ryan said. Because we know [Bill Belichick is] going to have a bust in Canton and all of that -- that minor Hall of Fame ... It boils down to two Hall of Famers butting heads.