The L5 Tailgate has taken responsibility for burning Rex Ryan in effigy outside MetLife Stadium on Thursday night.
Before every home game, the tailgaters congregate in the L5 section of the parking lot and burn an opposing player’s jersey, according to Dan Norton, a member of the group that took a video of Ryan’s effigy being engulfed in flames Thursday.
Usually it’s only the jersey, but this week L5 took its display to another level and erected a likeness of Ryan to burn before a gaggle of Gang Green fans. The effigy even had a copy of the coach’s infamous tattoo — Ryan’s wife donning a Mark Sanchez jersey.
Norton said they held the statue up with a metal pole. They added to the joke by creating a sign that featured a foot with the caption “SNACK ON THESE PIGGIES…REX.”
Sometimes, L5 will also bring out guests for the weekly ceremony, such as Fireman Ed and the Jets’ drum line.
Jets fans make their feelings about Ryan known.
“It hypes up the crowd,” Norton told the Daily News. “The effigy was special because it was Rex.”
Norton said the effigy was up for “hours” before the game. People walked by to take pictures and the group didn’t hear any complaints from security officers.
In the past, security officers have approached L5 about other jersey-burnings. The tailgaters always have fire extinguishers ready and put out the fire if asked to do so.
“Security comes by every week and yells at us,” Norton said. “But we do it anyway, and someone takes the blame.”
Players who’ve had their jerseys fall victim to L5 in the past include Johnny Manziel, Marcus Allen and current Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (when he was a member of the Bucs at the time). The Allen jersey was signed.