Johnny Hector formed quite the 1-2 punch at running back with the Jets in the 1980s.

New York Jets: Where Are They Now? Johnny Hector


As we have spent the last several days looking back, let’s look back some more. However, this time, instead of looking back at jersey numbers, we are looking back at players. We are looking back at memorable players from Jets past, remember what they did then, and look at where they are now.

First up is RB Johnny Hector.

THEN

Remember Johnny Hector? Fans that go back to the 1980′s will remember him well. He was drafted in the second round of the now famous 1983 NFL draft, with the 51st pick overall. He was the perfect complimentary piece to Freeman McNeil in a 1-2 punch that came to be known as the “Two Headed Monster”, recording 41 TDs for his career, spanning 1983-1992. Here are his career stats:

Season Team Rushing Receiving Fumbles
G GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
1992 New York Jets 5             1 24 67 2.8 14 0 2 13 6.5 9 0 1 0
1991 New York Jets 14             1 62 345 5.6 47 0 7 51 7.3 16 0
1990 New York Jets 15             – 91 377 4.1 22 2 8 72 9.0 25 0
1989 New York Jets 15             – 177 702 4.0 24 3 38 330 8.7 32 2
1988 New York Jets 16             – 137 561 4.1 19 10 26 237 9.1 30 0
1987 New York Jets 11             – 111 435 3.9 20T 11 32 249 7.8 27 0
1986 New York Jets 13             – 164 605 3.7 41 8 33 302 9.2 23 0
1985 New York Jets 14             – 145 572 3.9 22 6 17 164 9.6 28 0
1984 New York Jets 13             – 124 531 4.3 64 1 20 182 9.1 26 0
1983 New York Jets 10             – 16 85 5.3 42 0 5 61 12.2 22T 1
TOTAL 1,051 4,280 4.1 64 41 188 1,661 8.8 32 3 1 0

He could also handle the lead running back duties when needed. He had a particularly successful run in 1986, as the Jets were on their way to a 10-1 start. Between weeks 3-7, Hector rushed for 82, 117, 143, and 76 yards, (missed week 4). As I said before, quite the complimentary weapon.

NOW

Now, Johnny Hector is giving back to others with a group he works for, known as the Peter Sports Management Mentor Program. This is a group of former athletes that help mentor and support individuals looking to embark on a career in sports.

Running back, turned mentor, #34 Johnny Hector.

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