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Bryce Petty laughs off scolding Jets fans gave him over his taste in pizza


New York Jets rookie quarterback Bryce Petty could do nothing but laugh in response to the social media scolding he received from fans after he tweeted out praise for a particular well-known pizza chain, something that was greeted with great offense.

Petty last week gave a shout-out to Domino’s over how customers can now order pizza simply by texting a pizza emoji. Jets fans, those in New York and New Jersey in particular, let him have it. After all, most folks know New Yorkers and New Jerseyans take their pizza very, very seriously … something Petty learned the hard way.

Petty acknowledged going to school at Baylor in Texas didn’t prepare him sufficiently to navigate the world of New York pizza.

“Ah, man,” he said, smiling, via “Can you believe that? Oh my God. I’m just a small-town kid from Waco, and all I was saying was there was a commercial that was saying that you can text an emoji to Domino’s [to order a pizza]. And it was like, ‘Oh, gosh.’

“You know what? Out of all the things that I could be grilled on, I think pizza is pretty funny. It just shows you how passionate people are about pizza. You know what? Those are my friends. Because if you’re passionate about food, we’re going to get along.

“It was a learning curve. Like I said, we’re always learning. So I’ve got about 600 mentions in my Twitter that I can go find some decent pizza around here. So we’re going to have little adventures, I guess, here.”

When asked what was his preferred pizza of choice in college, Petty had to admit it was the chain in question.

“The go-to is Domino’s,” he said. “I don’t think it’s bad pizza. I think it’s great pizza.”

Petty apparently isn’t quite up to speed just yet regarding the countless pizza options available to him in the Big City. And yet, he’s open to suggestions and help.

“I guess I’m learning here,” he said. “If you guys want to tweet out your favorites, I’ll be sure to look at them.”