Yes, Chad was injured quite a bit. But, one thing you cannot say about Chad Pennington is that he was soft. To the contrary, Chad Pennington is about as tough as they come.
Rewind to 2004 for our first example. Chad hurts his arm for the first time, in week 9 against the Bills. He misses 3 games and comes back to some inconsistent numbers, leading people to believe, and we learned as truth in the off season, that he wasn’t healthy. Yet, he came back and led this team to the playoffs.
Then, we move to the playoffs, when Chad goes 23-33 through the air for 279 yards and 2 scores. He follows that up with a performance in Pittsburgh where he went 21-33 for 182 yards, and he would have gotten to the AFC title game if Doug Briend could kick the ball straight.
And all of this, with a torn rotator cuff! How many QBs would performe well with that type of injury? Not many.
In 2005, we eventually learn that Chad was not ready to come back yet, because he was not completely healed. Yet, he was back, and reinjured the arm against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Remember that game? They lost backup QB Jay Fiedler as well, but instead of going to third string, Chad convinced Herm Edwards to put him back in the game.
How did Chad do THAT DAY? Despite the fact that he was throwing passes that would have been insulting to helicopters, he was one dropped pass away from leading the Jets to victory that day.
And THIS is the guy that Jets fans hate on?
Not this fan. He easily makes this list.