The road to the Super Bowl begins in Cortland.
The New York Jets kicked off their 2009 pre-season training camp at SUNY Cortland Friday morning.
The team and the fans are hoping for big things.
They braved the rain at SUNY Cortland...
To catch a glimpse of the New York Jets.
And their new rookie quarterback, Mark Sanchez.
The Preseason officially began this morning on campus.
For Jets fanatics in the Southern Tier, like myself, it's quite a treat.
"It's just fantastic.
"Just to see the players their first time out on the field. Just very excited to see the coaches and just to be here when it all starts," said Dave Marziale of Endicott.
The Jets usually train closer to their home in the Meadowlands in New Jersey.
But Cortland college and the surrounding town are happy to have them in 2009.
"It's a big deal. It's cool. Nothing like this has ever been here before," said Mallory Munro of Cortland.
Coach Rex Ryan said he wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and come to a more remote location for pre-season training.
And he gets just that in Cortland. He also gets Southern Tier weather.
But the non-stop rain Friday still wasn't enough to dampen the spirits of a first good day of practice.
"Rain really doesn't affect them. You know you get out there and you're playing football and enjoy playing and I think you saw that today," said Ryan.
The fans hope it's the start of something big.
"You know if they go to the Super Bowl we can say we were here at the very beginning and it's just very exciting," said Marziale.
The Jets will practice most every morning and afternoon through August 20th.