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New York Jets: Where Are They Now? Johnny Hector

By Alan Schechter

Johnny Hector formed quite the 1-2 punch at running back with the Jets in the 1980s.

As we have spent the last several days looking back, let’s look back some more. However, this time, instead of looking back at jersey numbers, we are looking back at players. We are looking back at memorable players from Jets past, remember what they did then, and look at where they are now.

First up is RB Johnny Hector.


Remember Johnny Hector? Fans that go back to the 1980’s will remember him well. He was drafted in the second round of the now famous 1983 NFL draft, with the 51st pick overall. He was the perfect complimentary piece to Freeman McNeil in a 1-2 punch that came to be known as the “Two Headed Monster”, recording 41 TDs for his career, spanning 1983-1992. Here are his career stats:

He could also handle the lead running back duties when needed. He had a particularly successful run in 1986, as the Jets were on their way to a 10-1 start. Between weeks 3-7, Hector rushed for 82, 117, 143, and 76 yards, (missed week 4). As I said before, quite the complimentary weapon.


Now, Johnny Hector is giving back to others with a group he works for, known as the Peter Sports Management Mentor Program. This is a group of former athletes that help mentor and support individuals looking to embark on a career in sports.

Running back, turned mentor, #34 Johnny Hector.