Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath (center) and former New York Giants quarterback Phill Simms (left) join NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on stage during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets: Top Jersey Numbers in Team History, Part Five


Sept. 9, 2012; E. Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) makes the interception on Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson (13) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports

We are back with the last part of our trip down memory lane in jersey numbers. Starting with #99 and going backwards, we have been looking back at Jets’ history, and remembering jersey numbers worn by memorable players on the team. Here are the previous installments:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
We finish out the series with a set of four numbers that we all know:

JERSEY NUMBER: 24

MEMORABLE PLAYERS TO WEAR: Darrelle Revis, Freeman McNeil

No matter how we feel about Darrelle Revis’ ego, there is nothing that we can question about his ability as a player. He is the shutdown corner to end all shutdown corners. He takes one side of the field and eliminates it. He not only is a shoo-in Hall of Famer, but is arguably the best corner ever to play the game, and is in the top 5 players ever to wear the Green and White.

Anyone who remembers the 1980s knows that jersey #24 has a history on the offensive side of the football as well. Freeman McNeil wore the number, and was one of the Jets top weapons from the 80′s. Every season he was in the league, from 1981-1992, Freeman averaged 4 yards per carry, one of few to accomplish the feat. He retired as the team’s all time rushing leader, until the guy we are about to talk about passed him. But that doesn’t diminish the history of the great #24.

JERSEY NUMBER: 28

MEMORABLE PLAYER TO WEAR: Curtis Martin

The constants of life? Death, taxes, and Curtis Martin rushing for 1,000 yards. I don’t have to tell all of you, you know how great he was. Maybe he competes with Emmitt for the all time record if it wasn’t for the knee injury that cut short Martin’s career. 10 straight 1,000 yard seasons? It certainly is no surprise that he has a bust in Canton, although it was a year too late for my taste. Should have been first ballot.

JERSEY NUMBER: 13

MEMORABLE PLAYER TO WEAR: Don Maynard

Hall of Famer Don Maynard was as good as it got. One of few players to play their entire AFL career with one team, played with the Titans/Jets from 1960-1972. He actually played one year with the Giants before coming to Shea to play his games for the Titans. Here are his career stats:

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
1958 23 NYG PR 13 12 5 84 16.8 0 31 0.4 7.0 12 45 0 14 3.8 3.8 1.0 129 0 3 1
1960 25 NYT FL 13 14 72 1265 17.6 6 65 5.1 90.4 1265 6 0 14
1961 26 NYT FL 13 14 43 629 14.6 8 45 3.1 44.9 629 8 1 6
1962 27 NYT FL 13 14 56 1041 18.6 8 86 4.0 74.4 1041 8 0 8
1963 28 NYJ FL 13 12 38 780 20.5 9 73 3.2 65.0 2 6 0 8 3.0 0.5 0.2 786 9 0 8
1964 29 NYJ FL 13 14 46 847 18.4 8 68 3.3 60.5 3 3 0 14 1.0 0.2 0.2 850 8 1 8
1965* 30 NYJ FL 13 14 68 1218 17.9 14 56 4.9 87.0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 1220 14 1 14
1966 31 NYJ FL 13 14 48 840 17.5 5 55 3.4 60.0 840 5 0 9
1967* 32 NYJ FL 13 14 71 1434 20.2 10 75 5.1 102.4 4 18 0 7 4.5 1.3 0.3 1452 10 1 16
1968* 33 NYJ FL 13 13 57 1297 22.8 10 87 4.4 99.8 1297 10 0 16
1969*+ 34 NYJ FL 13 11 47 938 20.0 6 60 4.3 85.3 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.5 0.1 932 6 0 12
1970 35 NYJ WR 13 10 0 31 525 16.9 0 47 3.1 52.5 525 0 1 6
1971 36 NYJ WR 13 14 0 21 408 19.4 2 74 1.5 29.1 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 410 2 0 6
1972 37 NYJ WR 13 14 0 29 510 17.6 2 41 2.1 36.4 510 2 0 7
1973 38 STL 13 2 1 18 18.0 0 18 0.5 9.0 18 0 0 0
Career 186 0 633 11834 18.7 88 87 3.4 63.6 24 70 0 14 2.9 0.4 0.1 11904 88 8 131
13 yrs NYJ-NYT 172 0 627 11732 18.7 88 87 3.6 68.2 12 25 0 14 2.1 0.1 0.1 11757 88 5 130
1 yr NYG 12 0 5 84 16.8 0 31 0.4 7.0 12 45 0 14 3.8 3.8 1.0 129 0 3 1
1 yr STL 2 0 1 18 18.0 0 18 0.5 9.0 18 0 0 0

He averaged of 18 yards per catch, which was the highest average of any receiver with over 600 receptions. Don Maynard, a well deserving Hall of Famer.

JERSEY NUMBER: 12

MEMORABLE PLAYER TO WEAR: Joe Namath

How could I complete this list without including Broadway Joe? What he meant to the team, and the league, is beyond description. He brought us our only Super Bowl title, and his play forced the NFL-AFL merger. Oh yes, he also guaranteed we would win that Super Bowl.

He is about as memorable as they come.

HONORABLE MENTION: #73, Joe Klecko. #90, Dennis Byrd.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    nice job as always alan. maybe it was subconcious, i don’t know, but somehow when i saw number 24 i thought of mcneil before i thought about that other guy. maybe i just dislike him more than i even realize. nice touch adding the honorable mentions, they deserve it. i wanna say especially byrd, but then i think especially klecko too, so especilly both of them. :-) a lot of interesting commentary since rookie camp. i am anxious for the season.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks Matr as always….me too, would count down the minutes to the season if that was at all…not weird lol