Moments ago, the Jets announced the 2012 inductees into the Ring of Honor. The first is a defensive end, who made his trademark sack dance a move that was loved and hated all at the same time.
Mark Gastineau is the first inductee. He was a member of the New York Sack Exchange, which together with Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons, and Abdul Salaam, was a feared group, that combined for 66 sacks in 1981. In 1984, Gastineau set a then NFL record of 22 sacks(later to be broken by Michael Strahan years later). For his career, he posted 74 sacks. His signature sack dance becamse the model for all of the dancing and celebrating we see these days in the current NFL.
The second is wide receiver Wesley Walker. He, combined with Al Toon were a lethal combination for the Jets during the 1980s. From 1977-1989, Walker was the consumate deep threat, with 8 seasons where he averaged over 20 yards per catch. In 1983, he posted a career best 61 receptions, and in 1986 he posted a career high of 12 TDs. He caught 438 passes for 8,306 yards and 71 TDs for his career.
The two will be inducted into the ring on Monday, October 8th, at halftime of the Jets game against the Houston Texans.