EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Jets Great Wesley Walker, Part I

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TJP-He always came to play against Miami, didn’t he, Kenny O’Brien?

WW-Yes and I think you are playing against the best when you look at the numbers and Dan Marino. But Kenny O’Brien, they never gave him the credit that he really, truly deserved. I would put him up against Joe Namath, I always say to people that I would take him over Marino or John Elway. If he had protection, there’s no telling what he can do. I remember him in a Superstars competition and he beat Marino and Elway hands down, so there’s no question that he’s the best in my mind.

TJP-Double overtime against Cleveland still gives me nightmares, I have to ask you about that game..

WW-It gives everybody nightmares, and I was just talking to Freeman McNeil this last week and he was saying that his relationship was strained with Joe Walton but we were running the ball effectively and all of a sudden we thought we had it all wrapped up then all of a sudden we couldn’t run the ball when we needed to to get a first down. I remember the one play where everybody gets on Mark Gastineau’s case. We had them deep in their own territory, and they get a penalty, they come back and go all the way. It wasn’t the first time that happened to us but when you get that opportunity, you have to put the nail in the coffin. Sometimes you learn the hard way. Obviously you never know when you are going to get that opportunity to ever go to a Super Bowl, and that was the one time we could have. We just didn’t get it done.

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