The New York Jets Draft: A Look Back at the Class of 1983

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Ken O’Brien was a highly debated choice in the 1983 NFL draft.

With the draft just about one day away, I wanted to take a look back at one of the more famous drafts in NFL history. It’s 20 years since this particular draft occurred, and it was known as “the Year of the Quarterback”. No class had been talked about this way since, until last year with Andrew Luck, RGIII and Russell Wilson.

The year was 1983, and the selections made wrote much of NFL history in the years that followed. For my younger readers, six quarterbacks were chosen in the first round, and several were, let’s say about average. The Jets chose a quarterback that year, so that is why we look back today. Here are the six quarterbacks drafted in 1983:

  • John Elway
  • Dan Marino
  • Jim Kelly
  • Todd Blackledge
  • Tony Eason

So, those are the five that didn’t go to the Jets.  Three of those guys were pretty darn good, wouldn’t you say?  That Marino sure had a nice career, a nice career braking Jets fans’ hearts, that’s for sure.  Jim Kelly was another fun face to go up against two times per season as well.

I don’t know about you, but every time we had to watch that “K-Gun” offense take apart our defense, I wanted to bring lunch back up.  John Elway was pretty good, but it took him long enough to win the big one!  Ha,ha the door was wide open for that one.  Elway had a great career that finally got him what he sorely deserved, a Super Bowl ring(2).  Tony Eason played for the Patriots before coming to our team briefly.

Now, let’s look at the 6th quarterback that was chosen in 1983, chosen by our New York Jets.  He was from UC Davis in California.  He was blessed with a cannon for an arm, and pinpoint accuracy to go with hit.  I think we all know who his name is, but just in case you don’t, his name is………

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