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Seven years ago tonight, the loved Wayne Chrebet announced his retirement from the game and from the New York Jets

On This Date in New York Jets' History: Wayne Chrebet Bids Farewell

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:

G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
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
TOTAL 580 7,365 12.7 70 41 4 -2 -0.5 8 0 8 6

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.

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