John “Jumbo” Elliott was a staple on the Jets offensive line after being signed prior to the 1996 season.
The past twenty years have not been the most successful for the New York Jets. Heck, we could say that about many different eras in Jets history, but we are concentrating on this twenty year block because it happens to coincide with the existence of free agency in the National Football League.
It’s a period marred by poor personnel decisions, and for the most part, poor performance on the field. However, through the muck, there have been some decent free agent signings by the Jets, and that is what we have been counting down over the last several days. As we have gone through our 10 top signers, we have talked about Alan Faneca, Bart Scott, Ty Law, Tony Richardson, Kevin Mawae, and Bryan Cox.
Now, we present our #4 top free agent signing by our beloved New York Jets:
Here I go, picking a lineman again. As we have said before, it is hard to quantify the value of an offensive lineman. But, in Jumbo’s case, I think it is appropriate.
First of all, the premise behind the move was an excellent one. The Jets were trying to bring in guys with experience back then, when he brought in Neil O’Donnell. That, as we all know, worked out terribly, but Elliott was a good move. He played for the Giants in Super Bowl 25, and after his acquistion in 1996, Elliott started nearly ever game from 1996-1999.
He became an anchor for a line that made the eventual trip to the AFC title game with his former coach, Bill Parcells.
And for no other reason, watch this footage, and remember Jumbo making the TD catch during the Monday Night Miracle:
For these reasons, welcome Jumbo Elliott to this list, Jets fans.