Vinny Testaverde spent most of his career as an underperforming, journeyman quarterback. After winning a Heisman Trophy for the University of Miami, he never really dazzled anybody as an NFL quarterback. That was, of course, until Bill Parcells brought him to New York, first to backup Glenn Foley, and eventually as the starting quarterback for the team. He had a magical year in 1998, throwing for 29 TDs vs only 7 INTs. Clearly, Vinny Testaverde was one of the best acquisitions the Jets made in the 1990’s, an otherwise very underwhelming decade.
But, that is not the type of acquisition we are talking about with this countdown. Yesterday, we began our countown of the top 10 draft picks by the Jets in the 1990’s. Number 10, for anyone who missed it, was Jason Ferguson.
For number 9, we go back to an otherwise bleak time in Jets recent history. We are talking about the early 1990’s. The early 1990’s were a time that gave us Bubby Brister shovel passes, Boomer Esiason and some false hope, and a whole lot of losses.
The number 9 choice was chosen in 1993, with the team’s 6th round choice, pick 144 overall. Combine that with the fact that this player went to Penn State, the same school that brought us Blair Thomas just 3 years earlier, and the fans were mighty scared of this guy. But, he surprised everyone as a FB that excelled for the Jets for the next decade. The choice:
Remember this guy? Very underrated as a fullback in my opinion. First of all, he makes the list due to longevity. After being drafted by the Jets in 1993, he was here through 2002, including the AFC title game in 1998, as well as the playoff romp in 2002 over the Colts. Any guy that starts the majority of games for 10 years deserves a spot right away. Take a look at his stats:
|2002||New York Jets||16||14||5||27||5.4||16||0||45||257||5.7||15||1||–||–|
|2001||New York Jets||16||15||26||102||3.9||12||0||40||252||6.3||22||2||1||1|
|2000||New York Jets||16||10||27||63||2.3||9||0||88||853||9.7||41||2||2||2|
|1999||New York Jets||16||9||16||84||5.3||16||0||29||302||10.4||29||3||–||–|
|1998||New York Jets||8||1||1||2||2.0||2||0||3||12||4.0||7||0||–||–|
|1997||New York Jets||16||3||21||70||3.3||19||0||26||150||5.8||19||1||2||1|
|1996||New York Jets||16||13||47||150||3.2||11||1||44||385||8.8||48||0||–||–|
|1995||New York Jets||10||0||5||17||3.4||10||0||5||26||5.2||9||0||2||2|
|1994||New York Jets||13||5||43||207||4.8||55||1||25||212||8.5||27T||1||1||1|
|1993||New York Jets||7||0||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||1||0|
You see, a lot of what Richie Anderson makes this list for, does not show up above. As we all know, a fullback does a great deal of his work behind the scenes, and outside the boxscore.