For anyone that saw Part I and Part II of our interview with Wesley Walker, you saw that Wesley gave a great deal of praise to his quarterback teammate, Ken O’Brien. This afternoon, I decided to bring you a background on the guy that Wesley Walker called the greatest quarterback he ever played with, hands down. So, spotlight on former Jets QB Ken O’Brien.
O’Brien was born in Rockville Center, NY, but moved out to California early in life. He played at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. He started his college career at Sacramento State in 1978, then transferred to the University of California, Davis. He was division II All-American in his senior year of 1982, and was selected All-Far Western Conference QB three times. Kenny was named to the Collge Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
Ken O’Brien was drafted as part of the famous 1983 quarterback class by the New York Jets, although history gives the Jets a lot of grief for making the pick. The Jets chose O’Brien with the 24th pick in the first round, but that left some guy named Dan Marino on the board for the Dolphins, and he went on to be, well Dan Marino.
But many Jets fans, myself included, will tell you that this was not the blunder that many made it out to be.