New York Post

Boozer in the dark about Snell grudge


Jets legend Matt Snell’s disdain for his former team is a mystery to his old backfield teammate, too.

Snell won’t be at MetLife Stadium on Sunday for his induction into the Jets’ Ring of Honor along with fellow running back Emerson Boozer, and Boozer sounded as lost for a reason for Snell’s boycott as everyone else Friday.

“I don’t know why he’s on the outside, nor have I tried to bring him back inside,” Boozer said at a news conference at the Jets’ Florham Park facility in connection with Sunday’s halftime ceremony.

Boozer added the last time he spoke with Snell was “maybe three years ago,” and the topic of Snell’s beef with the Jets — as usual — never came up.

“I’ve never asked him why,” said Boozer, who retired in 1975 and played alongside Snell with the Jets for seven seasons.

Boozer was much more interested in talking about his own induction, which will be in recognitio­n for a 10year career — all with the Jets — that included 5,135 rushing yards (third most in team history), 139 receptions for 1,488 yards and 64 touchdowns.

“It means that I’ve finally arrived, to the point where we share in the Ring of Honor with my running mate, Matt Snell,” Boozer said. “This weekend, my time comes.”

Like most of the Jets from their era, Boozer and Snell are best known for their role in the 167 upset of the heavily favored Colts in Super Bowl III. Snell ran for 121 yards on 30 carries that day, scoring the Jets’ only TD and the first points of the game on a 4yard carry in the second quarter.

“You ever run 5 miles? That’s what it felt like,” Boozer said of the Jets’ lone Super Bowl appearance. “You’re tired, you’re exhausted, you’re totally spent. The only thing that keeps you from collapsing it that you won the ballgame.”

Darrelle Revis (concussion) already has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, but that might not be the only absence in the Jets’ secondary.

Backup safety Dion Bailey (ankle) did not practice Friday and was listed as doubtful on the official injury report. Defensive lineman Shel

don Richardson is expected to play Sunday after missing a game due to injury for the first time in his career last week.

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