Today, going to start a series of posts as “My All Time Jets Roster”. The criteria to make the team, other than being great for the Jets of course, is that I have to remember seeing them play. For example, Richard Todd played during my lifetime, but I don’t recall watching, so he doesn’t qualify. The first year I recall is 1985, so the players I am choosing from played 1985 and forward.
So the first will be the backs and receivers. Here we go:
QUARTERBACK:Ken O’Brien-Yes, Mark Sanchez has gone to two AFC championship games, and Vinny Testaverde one. Mark hasn’t done it long enough yet, and aside from 1998, Vinny was actually a pretty pedestrian quarterback. The Jets got a lot of flack for drafting O’Brien, and understandably, as Dan Marino was still on the board. However, O’Brien had good years in his own right, putting up back to back 25 TD seasons in 1985-1986. He was the top AFC rated passer in 1985 with a 96.2 rating. He was a two time Pro-Bowler, and took the Jets out of the gate in 1986 to a 10-1 record. Playoff appearances and retiring the second leading passer in Jets history cement him in this spot.
RUNNING BACK:Curtis Martin-Not a lot of a case needs to be made here, as we were all blessed to have seen this man play in the Green and White. The consistencies in life? Death, taxes, and Curtis Martin going over 1,000 yards rushing. He did it 10 straight times, and the 4th leading rusher in league history. He brought the offense, almost single-handedly, back to respectability. He will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, a no brainer for this choice.