Shop for New York Jets gear at

Johnson gives his first interview after the death of his daughter

Jets owner Woody Johnson spoke to Fox Business Network about on-going issues within the team:

Jets owner Woody Johnson gave his first exclusive sit-down interview following the death of his daughter Casey, to FOX Business Network’s (FBN) David Asman. In an interview to be presented Tuesday evening on FBN, Johnson discussed the loss of his daughter, how the family is “holding up,” the Jets, new stadium and having a “few tricks up our sleeve” for the new season.

On how his family is holding up after the loss of Casey:

“I think they’re holding up but I think it’s been a severe blow for sure to everybody. Her sisters, her mother, me as well and her friends. It’s one of those things that came out of the blue. People with diabetes always — it’s never totally unexpected because this is a lethal disease that has daily, daily hassles.”

On having an issue with the Giants opening the new stadium:

“Well, yeah, we did.  I mean it was a principle, the process, I had a principal issue with and we’ve discussed it and it’s resolved.”

On acquiring new players before the season starts:

“We could.  It’s harder for the teams to finish the top four. It’s harder for us because there’s a complicated set of rules. But we could add, I think we’ve got a few things, a few tricks up our sleeve yet.”

On acquiring Ladanian Tomlinson:

“I mean he’s, he’s a great back.  He’s coming from a team that didn’t emphasize the run and we’ve got a young quarterback, so we’re emphasizing the run”

On Mark Sanchez:

“Year two he will be better, guarantee. This is kind of a perfect fit. We love Thomas Johns, Thomas Johns our back last year, featured back.  He did a great job for us, was an excellent player, but he moved on and what Damien (ph) can catch the ball.  He can block really well and he…he can do either one.”

On Casey’s diabetes being a 24-hour operation:

“Well, I think one of the interesting facts of that — the whole thing was how — to describe to the public how difficult it is for people with Type 1 diabetes to — just to go about their daily life. I watched Casey since she was 8 years old. She had it for 22 years.

It is a 24-hour operation. Now, when Casey got it, we were up every couple hours, checking the diabetes, checking the blood.”

On diabetes often being compared to mental illness:

“ There’s every reason to, because it’s something you never fully have control of. It either involves your diet, exercise, insulin, your emotional state. Quite often we were talking about people with diabetes having mental illness that comes on, because your blood sugar is going from very low to very high. For an average person like you and I, when we get hungry, we get grumpy. Multiply that times 10.”

On finding a cure for diabetes:

“Well, the best route that I know of is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. They raise money for efficiently than anybody else and they give it out effectively. I wish we could get it done faster. If we all band together, I think we can make it happen.”

On being compared to George Steinbrenner as a controlling owner:

“Well, I mean, I think when it comes to defending principle, when it comes to looking out for the fans, the New York Jet fans, yeah, I think they’re right.”

On his game-day philosophy:

“You always start out the next season zero and zero. But my personal philosophy is, I don’t expect to lose games and I don’t go into a season saying, Well, we’ll lose this one and this one and this one. I expect to win all these games.  I’m extremely optimistic”

On working to get the Super Bowl in the new stadium:

“ Absolutely.  Absolutely.  We’re working on that.  I work with the Tishes and Maras … The two families own it and we’re putting our presentation together.  We’re excited about it.  It’s going to be an historical event if we can get it.  It will be in New York and I think this could happen.”

On being in good-terms with the owners of the Giants:

“We are.  We are. Particularly with the stadium.  We’re competitors on the field and we’re partners in the stadium.”

Enjoyed this post?
Subscribe to Jets Gab via RSS Feed or E-mail and receive daily news updates from us!

Submit to Digg  Stumble This Story  Share on Twitter  Post on Facebook  Post on MySpace  Add to  Bark It Up  Submit to Reddit  Fave on Technorati

Leave a Reply