Super Bowl 2011: New York Jets Defensive End Shaun Ellis Dreams of Big Game

is hungry, and the only thing that will satisfy is a win.

The 33-year-old defensive end is ready to put an end to a drought now 42 years in the making.

Ellis has been a Jet longer than any other player on the roster, having outlasted three head coaches and scores of teammates. The 11-year veteran took last season’s Championship loss to and the Colts to heart.

“It seems like it was just yesterday,” Ellis said. “We were only 30 minutes away.

“While we were walking off the field, it was like, ‘If we get this opportunity again, we definitely have to take advantage of it.’ Now we’re here again, so guys are ready.”

One year later, only the stand between the Jets and their ultimate goal.

Ellis now says “it’s time.”

Ellis has proved that he is taking this task to heart. The defensive end, affectionately known as the “Big Katt” among teammates, was absolutely on fire during the Jets’ 28-21 Divisional playoff victory against the last Sunday.

Ellis sacked Patriots’ Tom Brady twice early in the game, and he constantly disrupted the Patriots’ quarterback at the line of scrimmage.

His outstanding play hel the Jets put their dismal 45-3 Week 13 loss to the Patriots behind them for good. Ellis admits his play, along with the rest of the team, was “lousy” during that embarrassing loss.

The Jets have done what most experts and fans thought to be impossible—they beat the and on the road in consecutive weeks.

It’s safe to say that Ellis and crew are making amends for their disappointing performance.

Now they face what could prove to be their biggest obstacle on the road to the —the . Jets fans are sure to remember the disappointing loss in their team’s last playoff game in Pittsburgh, a 20-17 overtime defeat in which missed two potential game-winning field goals in the closing minutes of regulation in 2005.

certainly remembers.

He has made it a point to recount the disappointment he suffered to his younger teammates. He is hopeful that his tale of woe will stoke the fires in the hearts of his teammates and ultimately help them get the much-desired win against Pittsburgh.

“To me, I’m taking it real personally,” Ellis said softly. “I want to go out there, do good and get this win for all of our former teams that tried hard to get to this point and never reached it. I want to finish this.”

was the Jets’ 12th overall draft pick out of Tennessee in 2000. He had 36 tackles, five sacks and one forced fumble in the 2010-2011 season.

Here are his career stats as of January 16 2011.