Seven years ago, it was not a great date in Jets’ history. Actually, it was a pretty sad day if you ask me.Wayne Chrebet was never drafted, as most of us had already known. He signed with the Jets as an underafted free agent after the 1993 draft. As UDFAs go, he has been one of the best ever to put on the uniform. He could always be counted on for the tough catch, no matter where on the field that catch needed to be made. Take a look at his college stats:
|2005||New York Jets||8||0||15||153||10.2||20||0||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2004||New York Jets||16||1||31||397||12.8||35T||1||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2003||New York Jets||7||5||27||289||10.7||29T||1||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2002||New York Jets||15||15||51||691||13.5||37||9||–||–||–||–||–||2||2|
|2001||New York Jets||15||15||56||750||13.4||36||1||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2000||New York Jets||16||16||69||937||13.6||50||8||3||-3||-1.0||8||0||–||–|
|1999||New York Jets||11||11||48||631||13.1||50T||3||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1998||New York Jets||16||15||75||1,083||14.4||63T||8||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1997||New York Jets||16||1||58||799||13.8||70||3||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1996||New York Jets||16||9||84||909||10.8||44||3||–||–||–||–||–||5||3|
|1995||New York Jets||16||16||66||726||11.0||32||4||1||1||1.0||1||0||1||1|
Wayne Chrebet’s playing career came to an end after a hit in 2005 against the Chargers at home, doing what else? Making a tough catch. I was at that game, Wayne goes up full extension for a huge third down conversion, but doesn’t get up for quite a while.
It was at that point that the Meadowlands’ faithful realized we have seen the last of Wayne Chrebet on the field as a player. On this night in 2006, Wayne made his retirement official. He works as an investment banker now, and most recently has been the Vice President of Barclay’s Wealth and Investment Office.
He is very clearly, a guy we will never forget. Wide receiver, #80, Wayne Chrebet.