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NY Jets 2021 home-opener: ‘Sundays are for Family’

The Gandolfini family knows a thing or two about Sunday staples in the Garden State. A union with the New York Jets thus only seemed natural.

Michael Gandolfini is the star of a new hype video released by the Jets as they prepared to welcome fans to one of their regular-season home games for the first time since December 2019.

The video centers on the themes of family, an appropriate endeavor considering the legacy the actor is about to assume.

Gandolfini’s late father James was a renowned Jets fan and best known for portraying the character of Tony Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos, a drama centered on a New Jersey-based crime family. Michael is set to inherit the role in the upcoming prequel film The Many Saints of Newark.

In a video entitled “Sundays Are For Family,” Gandolfini captures the experience of a Jets game day, referencing the franchise’s history and fan passion. It includes perspectives from fans who attended the Jets’ pair of preseason games at MetLife Stadium, which was one of 12 stadiums that did not host spectators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a montage of fans, Gandolfini is seen in the stands at Giants Stadium with his father, who passed away in 2013.

“This family is the compass that guides us, the collective that inspires us,” Gandolfini says as the famous “J-E-T-S” chant is heard. “(It’s) comfort when we need it most. The strength of this family lies in us, all of those who boldly and proudly rep the green and white. Like a true family, when we come together, nothing can stop us.”

New York (0-1) opens its home slate against the New England Patriots (1 p.m. ET, CBS). The Many Saints of Newark arrives in theaters and on HBO Max on Oct. 1.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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Geoff Magliocchetti is a veteran football writer with years of credentialed experience with the Jets and Giants. Email: geoffmags90@gmail.com
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