PFS Mount Rushmore Series: New York Jets
While the Jets have been the butt of everyone's jokes since the early 70s (figuratively and very very literally), Jets fans always take pride in the true greats that have worn the Green and White.
Here are the 4 Jets that all true fans must stand and recognize:
Joe Namath - the quintessential Jet. Led the Jets to their first and only Superbowl Title with an upset over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Superbowl III. Revolutionized the passing game by becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for over 4000 yards. He remains the all-time leader in every major passing category for the Jets. And of course, his Broadway Joe persona made him one of the first pro athletes that was as big a celebrity as any movie star.
Joe Klecko - perhaps the greatest defensive player never inducted into the Hall of Fame. Klecko is universally acknowledged by many HOF O-Lineman as one of the greatest of all time. He was named to the Pro Bowl at 3 different D-Line positions - the first and only player to accomplish such a feat. As the leader of the New York Sack Exchange with Mark Gastineau and Marty Lyons, Klecko was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1981. His #73 jersey was retired and he was one of the inaugural members of the Jets Ring of Honor.
Don Maynard - the greatest Jets receiver of all-time. Maynard owns every major receiving record in Jets history and retired in 1972 as the NFL's all-time leading receiver. He was also durable, playing in more games than any offensive weapon in team history. The Namath-Maynard connection was essential in building the team and winning the AFL Championship Game that sent them to their only Superbowl win.
Curtis Martin - perhaps the most versatile RB in NFL history. Martin is the Jets all-time rushing leader and one of the most respected players in NFL history. Martin could beat defenses with anything - power running, elusiveness, pure speed, receiving, even passing when the situation required it. In 2004 he became the oldest player in NFL history to lead the league in rushing - proving that even age could not slow him down. Every year since he retired, the best player on the Jets receives the Curtis Martin MVP award - signifying their willingness to do anything it takes to help the team win.
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