Thomas Jones ran for 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Jets in 2009– his best season of his 12 year career. Let’s be honest, Jones carried the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in 2009. Yeah, the Jets had the #1 defense in football. Yeah, Mark Sanchez made the throws when he needed to. But Jones was the one to hammer the nail to get there. If I remember correctly, it was Jones’ two yard rush that sealed the deal in San Diego, to propel the Jets into the AFC title game. He couldn’t do it on his own in Indianapolis, but that was a tall task. Going into Peyton’s place, you have to stop him or keep up with him. Neither of that happened, and the Jets ended up releasing Jones after a career year.
Lately, when you think of New York Jets running backs, the first names that come to mind are Shonn Greene, Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell. That wasn’t always the case. First thing that comes to my mind when thinking about the topic is hall of fame member, Curtis Martin. He helped the Jets running game be strong for eight seasons before finally retiring.
Unfortunately for myself, I vaguely remember watching Wayne Chrebet play simply because he was at the end of his career when I was old enough to start really getting into football. Every Sunday in my house, I would remember by Dad and Uncle talking about Wayne Chrebet. Not one word they said was negative, and every adjective they used to describe Wayne was positive. The most common word used to describe Chrebet was ” tough” . After watching some tape on him, I cannot help but agree. While Chrebet did not have the best numbers as a Jet, few players left more of an impact on the organization, which is why number #80 deserves to be in the JetPress Hall Of Fame.
Wesley Walker joined the Jets in 1977, drafted in the second round of the draft that season, with the 33rd pick overall. He made his mark immediately, posting 35 receptions for 740 yards, a 21.1 yards per reception average. He took off in a game against the Oakland Raiders in week six, catching four passes for 178 yards and an 87 yard touchdown.
While playing for the AFL, Namath made the All-Star team in each of his first four seasons. In 1967, he was first quarterback to surpass 4,000 passing yards. In 1969, the year before the AFL-NFL merger (but third AFL-NFL Super Bowl – announced in 1969), Namath led the Jets into Super Bowl III, where he would face off against the Baltimore Colts.
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