Here is the text of a statement from New York Jets’ owner Woody Johnson following the announcement that the 2011 NFL Lockout has ended.
I am pleased to share with you that we have come to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and the 2011 season is under way.
I look forward to welcoming the players back and being with all of you when the team takes the field. Your loyalty and passion help fuel us on a daily basis and drive our pursuit of a championship.
This agreement would not have been possible without a lot of hard work and compromise on both sides. I would like to express my gratitude to all involved, in particular Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith as well as the host of owners and players that contributed to this effort.
It all starts now. The players are returning, Mike and Rex have never been more ready, and Jets football is officially back. I hope you’re ready for what I’m confident will be a memorable 2011 season.
Johnson’s statement was posted on newyorkjets.com and emailed to all Jets season ticket holders, suite holders, fans and corporate partners.