Good morning Jets’ fans. I am introducing a new series this morning, “New York Jets’ History By the Numbers”. Each installment is going to be based on a jersey number. Basically we are going to list the jersey number and all the players that have worn it. We will highlight the most significant players to wear the number, and then put a vote at the bottom.
You tell us who is the all-time best Jets’ player for that jersey number.
We are going to go backwards and start with number 99. Here come the players:
Let’s now talk about the most recognizable names to wear the number:
MARK GASTINEAU:Not everybody reading this post will remember Gastineau. He was the first guy to perform a “sack dance”, to the ire of many of his peers. He set the sack record in 1984 with 22 sacks, and held it until it was beaten when Brett Favre laid down for Michael Strahan. He dominated through the early 80′s on the line that became known as the “New York Sack Exchange”, to the tune of 74 sacks for his career. Gastineau was with the team from 1979-1988 until he walked out for good in 1998.
HUGH DOUGLAS: Don’t forget about Hugh. He was drafted by the Jets in 1995, and he posted 22 sacks over three seasons with the Jets. Hugh was in New York through the 1997 season before moving on to Philadelphia for the balance of his career. Douglas didn’t fit in with Parcells, but for his time in New York he was a threat off the edge.
BRYAN THOMAS: Don’t forget about BT( I almost did.). He wore the #99 from 2002 through 2011. Thomas became a full-time starter in 2006, and responded with 77 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. He was a consistent staple in the Jets’ linebacker group, and posted 442 total tackles, seven forced fumbles, and 33.5 sacks.
Now you have the choices, please partake in the poll below: