There was plenty of pep in the Green & White Pep Rally on a beautiful Thursday evening as 1,500 fans converged on SNY Plaza in the middle of Manhattan to celebrate the start of the Jets' season on Sunday.
The festivities, one of the many stops during Jets Kickoff Week, featured visits from four Jets alumni — Greg Buttle, Ray Lucas, Freeman McNeil and Tony Richardson. SNY also did a live broadcast of Jets Game Plan hosted by Jeané Coakley, Lucas and T-Rich.
After the show, the alums pulled fans onto the stage to play Jets trivia and they raffled off Jets gift bags and three pairs of tickets to Sunday's season opener at MetLife Stadium against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Every fan at the rally received a Jets 2013 Kickoff Week foam hand.
The event built to a crescendo with an electrifying performance by the Aviators Drumline, which will also play a featured role during the game.
The week roles on today, which will become "Green & White Friday" as the Jets ask fans to wear their best Jets gear or green and white to work, school, or anywhere around town. To help kick off the workday, the Jets are greeting fans on their Friday morning commute at major transportation hubs around Manhattan. From 7:30–9 a.m., lucky fans dressed in Jets gear have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the home opener. Plus, members of the Jets Flight Crew will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans, while Jets Green Team members will be on site with giveaways, including Jets eye black and Dunkin' Donuts gift cards.
Then tonight, Kickoff Week celebrations continue in downtown Hoboken, N.J., outside at Pier A Park. Fans can come kick off the home opener weekend after work from 5:30–8:30 p.m. The night will feature entertainment hosted by Joe Pardavila from 95.5 WPLJ with live band "Ready in 10," a meet-and-greet with Jets alumnus Wesley Walker, No. 85, and performances by the Flight Crew Cheerleaders and Jets Aviators Drumline. Food Truck City will offer a variety of concessions from local vendors and the Bud Light beer garden will be open for guests 21 and older. And for kids, Jets Fest inflatable rides will be open and the Liberty Science Center will have a fun exhibit.