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Two years ago, when
"He came in here and said it was a team thing," said Jets backup tight end
While Ryan himself brushed aside suggestions of this being a special win for Sparano -- "I think Tony's a Jet. He's happy to get the victory for the team, not just himself," Ryan said -- another ex-Dolphin didn't even try to hide that aspect of the afternoon.
"I’m sure he went through a lot more [emotions] than I did," said former Dolphins safety
More emotional than for Bell, who had spent his entire career with the Dolphins before being cut loose last offseason? The former winner of team awards for courage, leadership and cooperation with the South Florida media nodded and said that was definitely the case.
"I'm real happy for him," Bell said. "I know he wanted this one. I know it's big for him. Just for him to come back and kind of get some revenge for the way they treated him and things, I know he's happy."
Bell said he hadn't spoken privately to Sparano yet, but planned to talk with him on the way back to New York.
"I'm sure I'll see him on the plane and we'll chat it up a little bit," Bell said.
Bell was among the Jets' pregame captains, along with Epps and another Dolphin castoff, receiver
Sparano refused comment as he left the Jets locker room after Sunday's win, but Epps said that probably was for the best as well.
"He might get a little choked up in one of his interviews," Epps said. "It might bring a tear to his eye."
And what did Epps say to Sparano after this one?
"Congratulations, coach," Epps said. "Good job."