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Top Five New York Jets Players of All-Time

 

Even though the New York Jets have just recently moved into the new MetLife Stadium, the team has had a history of more than half a century’s worth of great players and teams.  The Jets have made the playoffs 14 times in their history, along with four division championships and one Super Bowl victory as well.  With that said, who were some of the best players in Jets franchise history?  What follows are the top five New York Jets players of all-time, in no particular order.

Joe Namath
One of the most memorable moments in Super Bowl history was when quarterback Joe Namath of the Jets proclaimed before the game against the Baltimore Colts that New York would have the victory, and then going out onto the field and actually doing it.  He was a first round draft pick back in 1965 with the Jets, and played with the team until 1976.  Namath went to five AFL All-Star games and one Pro Bowl over his career, was a two time AFL MVP, and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1985.

Curtis Martin
Curtis Martin was one of the greatest running backs in Jets franchise history, and played with the team from 1998 to 2005 when he had to retire due to injury.  His career mark of 14, 101 rushing yards is the fourth most in NFL history, along with rushing for over 1,000 yards in ten straight seasons, a feat only Barry Sanders was able to accomplish alongside of him.  Martin was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

Don Maynard
While Curtis Martin was one of the best running backs in the team’s history, Don Maynard was one of the best wide receivers, having played for the team from 1960-1972.  He was selected in the ninth round of the 1957 NFL Draft to the New York Giants, but only two years later switched teams to the Jets, where he had his greatest years as a receiver with over 10,000 career yards and 88 touchdowns as well.

Joe Klecko
Joe Klecko had a great career with the New York Jets as a defensive lineman, playing for the team from 1977-87.  Over his career Klecko was selected to four Pro Bowls and was the AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1981.  His number 73 was retired by the New York Jets in 2004 and could be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in the coming years.

Mark Gastineau
Last but not least there is Mark Gastineau, who was a defensive end for the team from 1979-1988.  He was one of the most dominant pass rushers of his time, with over 107 sacks in only 138 games.  He was selected to five Pro Bowls over the course of his career and earned All-AFC honors from 1981-1985.  Mark is most known for being the only player to lead the NFL in sacks for two consecutive years, and was part of what is today known as the New York Sack Exchange, which consisted of Mark, Klecko, Abdul Salaam, and Marty Lyons.

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4 Responses to “Top Five New York Jets Players of All-Time”

  1. tonycil says:

    Revis way before Gastineau.

  2. RobM says:

    If those are the top 5 then number 6 should be Wayne Chrebet. He had more heart and soul then alot of the current players.

  3. anthony says:

    what about al toon,if not for ken o’brian leading him in the ctr of the field he would have lasted a lot longer.he would have gotten a ring on any other competitive team.and westly walker,john riggins,and dont forget the late great leon hess,he loved football and the jets could not win him one f#@$ing ring.

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