Wayne Chrebet, pictured right, was one of the top performers for the Jets in the 1990’s. He came on the scene as an undrafted rookie out of Hofstra University, and became the personification of the movie “Rudy”, walking onto the team and playing a prominent role until injuries cut his career short. Was there anyone that the Jets could count on more when a clutch catch was needed? Not by a long shot.
If only Wayne HAD been drafted, however, then he would have made this countdown, and probably been near the top. However, being an undrafted free agent, Wayne unfortunately does not qualify for THIS countdown. As you know, we have been counting down the Jets’ top 10 draft picks in the 1990’s. Here is the list so far:
Choice number 7 for this list is forever linked to the man pictured to the right. During his time in the Green and White, he lined up alongside Wayne Chrebet. At one point, he called him out in his book that he wrote as a rookie, but these two actually became a dynamic WR duo when he finally learned to accept Wayne as his teammate. Who am I talking about? I think you know…..
That’s him. Mr. “Give Me the Damn Ball” himself. Keyshawn Johnson. Chosen with the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, he came with high expectations. Although his attitude was a problem, he did perform well in a Jets uniform. Take a look at his career stats:
|2003||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||10||45||600||13.3||39T||3||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2002||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||76||1,088||14.3||76T||5||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2001||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||15||106||1,266||11.9||47||1||–||–||–||–||–||2||1|
|2000||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||71||874||12.3||38||8||2||5||2.5||3||0||2||2|
|1999||New York Jets||16||16||89||1,170||13.1||65||8||5||6||1.2||12||0||–||–|
|1998||New York Jets||16||16||83||1,131||13.6||41T||10||2||60||30.0||35T||1||–||–|
|1997||New York Jets||16||16||70||963||13.8||39||5||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1996||New York Jets||14||11||63||844||13.4||50||8||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
He may have written “Give Me the Damn Ball”, but in four seasons with New York, he averaged over 76 receptions per season. That is quite productive. He also posted 32 touchdowns (31 receiving, 1 rushing), in his four seasons. Two of his four seasons went for over 1,000 yards, and one was just under 1,000 (963).
Yes, Keyshawn wrote a book calling out teammates. He also held the team for ransom in 2000, forcing the trade to Tampa Bay. But, taking his performance on the field in a vacuum, he is strong enough to make this list. Those other factors keep him from being higher on the list, but he performed well in the Green and White.
And Keyshawn deserves the spot at #7 on this list.