Chad Pennington: A Look Back at a True New York Jet

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Pennington entered the 2005 season after undergoing his first surgery on the shoulder during the offseason. In week 3, he reinjured the rotator cuff and came out of the game, but, reeentered the game when backup Jay Fiedler was injured as well. He came back into the game, with what was another torn rotator cuff. Not only that, he nearly won the game by throwing a duck of a pass to Wayne Chrebet in the endzone late. Did this guy complain? No. He came back into the game with an injury and nearly won it. Chad Pennington is a warrior, and a Jet. He didn’t complain, he worked hard, and won the QB competition in 2006.

Not that beating out Kellen Clemens was difficult, no offense to him.

Not only did Chad come back, he led the Jets to a 10-6 record, wild card playoff berth, and won his first Comeback Player of the Year award.

This is the guy people criticized? Seriously?

He had a lackluster 2007, which led to a mid-year benching. What did he do? Complain? No. He assembled a team to help him get ready to have a big 2008. The Jets decided then to bring in Brett Favre. How did the Jets honor Chad’s time here? They didn’t even respect his ability enough to trade him to someone outside the division. They just rewarded his play by releasing him, and he went on to sign with the Dolphins.

Did he complain about the Jets even then? Have a bad word to say? No.

Instead, he led the Dolphins to an 11-5 eastern division championship, his second Comeback Player of the Year award, and finished second in the league’s MVP voting.

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