Tonight, the Jets honor two of their best, one on the offense, one on the defense, as Wesley Walker and Mark Gastineau. Mark Gastineau, for our younger readers, was as dominant a pass rusher as you will ever see, with 74 sacks for his career, including 22 in 1984, and 41 in two years (1983-1984). He was part of the “New York Sack Exchange”, which recorded 66 sacks in the 1981 season.
We have talked a great deal about Wesley Walker in the past, the consumate deep threat. He and Al Toon were a lethal duo in the 1980s for the New York Jets. With a 19 yard average per catch, you can’t be much better of a deep threat than that. He recorded 8 seasons with over 20 yards per catch. All of that being blind in one eye. He was just great.
Here is some video, for young readers to see how great these guys were, and for anyone who saw him to look back and enjoy. First, some video on Mark Gastineau:
He was feared for many years, and nobody wanted to see him do his sack dance.
Now for some video on Wesley Walker. Take a look at some video:
He was so graceful, and had great hands. A true pleasure to watch.
Both are well deserving of the honor they will receive tonight.