Former Virginia defensive back Mike Pettine is front & center this season’s “Hard Knocks” on HBO as the Jets’ DC.
Pettine, who shares the Cavaliers’ single-game INT record with 3, once said his defense was neither a 3-4 or 4-3, but rather “more of a 3½ – 3½.” As a part of some of HC George Welsh’s initial teams at Virgnia, Pettine recalled that “even at ’84, he was still slipping up, he’d call it the ‘mess hall’” as a result of his time in Annapolis.
Today, Pettine is buddies with “Gary Dell’Abate, also known as ‘Baba Booey’ on The Howard Stern Show” and has to answer questions about holdout CB Darrelle Revis from his family, or at least from family members who did not suffer turf toe injuries during an early August scrimmage. And on top of that, at least one blogger is afraid of him:
“Scary dude. Honestly, he looks like he just got out of San Quentin two days before the start of training camp—all he’s missing is a neck tattoo. If Bart Scott is taking Ryan in a dark alley with him, I’m taking Pettine.”