Thanks to this news site, our town learned last year that many members of the New York Mets call Long Island City home during the season. Today, we here at LICtalk are proud to announce that we have another sports celebrity in our midst as well. Anthony Lynn, the running-backs coach for the New York Jets, has been living on Center Boulevard since he joined up with the team last year. In addition to being a coach for over a decade, Anthony spent seven years in the NFL as a player back in the 1990′s, which included being on the two Bronco Super Bowl-winning teams of 1997 and 1998. The night before the Jets leave for a huge game in Cincinnati, Anthony took time out from his hectic schedule for an interview with LICtalk.
Editor: So Anthony, why Long Island City?
Anthony: We looked at places in Manhattan, but the apartments were too small, and a Texas boy needs his space. So our broker told us to look out here. Well the apartments didn’t turn out to be that much bigger, but I was hooked on the million dollar view, and I loved the neighborhood.
E: How do you feel about making the dreaded two-river crossing out to Florham Park(NJ) every day?
A: During the season it’s not too bad, because I leave here at 5:30am every morning and get back between 10pm and midnight. So I usually bypass the rush-hours. In the off-season I have saner days, and as much as I hate the traffic, now that I’m here in LIC I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
E: What’s a typical day like?
A: It’s a mix of practice, player development, and most of all situational game playing. In fact, we only spend about four hours a day with the players.
E: How do you personally stay in shape?
A: I run on the treadmill at the practice facility. I would love to jog and play basketball, but my legs can’t take it.
E: A lot of attention has been paid recently to helmet-to helmet hits and how they’ve affected ex-players mentally. How about the effects on the rest of the body, you as a former running-back would have received the brunt of those type of hits.
A: Oh yeah, I’ve broken my knees several times, and my ankle too. My body has been beat up and I know it. In the next decade or two I’ll definitely be getting a knee replacement.
E: The trade-off is that you’ve experienced, and won, two Super Bowls. While my well-preserved body has a lifetime .500 average in touch football. What was it like to go to the Superbowl?
A: I can’t remember a thing from the first one. It was the culmination of my life’s dream, and I was on cloud nine. The second time, the Broncos were expected to win, and it had more of a regular season game type feel, which is still pretty intense.
E: What does your wife do?
A: Stacey is a newscaster on News12 Long Island. She goes by the name Stacey Bell professionally.
E: Where do you like to hang out in Long Island City?
A: Shi is like Cheers to me, I know all the regulars. We also like to eat at Cranky’s and Manducati’s Rustica.
E: Finally, do you read LICtalk weekly, daily, or hourly?
A: Why I read LICtalk twice a week, as soon as it hits my email. Plus it’s on my twitter feed.
E: Two times a week, two Super Bowls. Coincidence, I think not. Thank you Anthony.
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