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Jets’ Brian Winters set to face home town team

wintersHudson High School and Kent State alumni Brian Winters will make the start today at left guard for the Jets as they host the Browns. This will be Winters 12th straight start after taking over the duties back in week 5. Winters , a third round selection of the Jets back in April’s draft, earned All-Conference honors three times while at Kent State, and captained the 2012 team that was one win away from a BCS bowl game before losing the MAC Championship game in double over time to Northern Illinois.

During his time at Hudson, Winters was an all-conference wrestler as well as football player. He represented Team USA in the IFAF Under-19 World Championship which took place in Canton back in 2009.

Winters sat down with NewYorkJets.com to talk of what it’s like to be squaring off against his home town team.

“I was a big fan of Joe Thomas and grew up watching him,” Winters said. “I always, obviously, watched the offensive line, so that was big. I liked the way he played.”

Like Thomas, Winters played left tackle while at Kent State before moving to guard in the pros. In addition to the Browns traveling to New York on Sunday so will a host of Winters’ friends and family.

“My friends and family are messing with me a little bit because it’s pretty important going up against my hometown team,” Winters said, “so it’s obviously going to be awesome playing against people that I grew up watching. It’s going to be fun.”

NewYorkJets.com has a video of the interview they did with Winters about facing his home town team.

Photo: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger