January 22, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Team Irvin guardMarshal Yanda
of the Baltimore Ravens (73, left), centerNick Mangold
of the New York Jets (74, center), and guardZack Martin
of the Dallas Cowboys (70, right) smile during the 2015 Pro Bowl practice at Luke Air Force Base. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Time for another vote, Jets fans. Let’s continue choosing our New York Jets All-Time roster.
For anyone new to the party, I will remind you how this works. I bring you nominees at each position. I go over their credentials, and give you a poll at the end. The winners make our all-time roster? Simple, yes? Absolutely.
This morning, we are taking a look at the offensive tackles. I have four candidates for you, spanning the decades of Jets history. No, I can’t say that the Jets have had a litany of great linemen through the years, we saw that with the group of guards. But, there were four tackles worth nomination to this Jets roster.
The top two vote getters will make the all-time Jets roster. Let’s get right to it.
Next: Marvin Powell
We start with a player that wore the Jets green in the 70’s and 80’s. Marvin Powell was chosen in the first round of the 1977 draft, with the fourth pick overall. Powell became the Jets starter at tackle almost immediately, and stayed there throughout his Jets career, which ended after the 1985 season. Durability was key, as Marvin Powell started 130 out of 133 games he played for the Jets.
Throughout his career, Powell was recognized for his play as well. He was selected to the Pro Bowl each year from 1979-1983. He was also first or second team All-Pro each year during that time. Consistency, and durability were the name of the game for the Jets long-term right tackle.
Our first nominee, number 79, Marvin Powell!
Next: Sherman Plunkett
This guy came to the Jets at 30 years of age, but helped pave the way for guys like Emerson Boozer for a few great seasons. Sherman Plunkett came to the Jets in 1963, and spent the next five years in the Green and White. Playing in 132 games at right tackle gave Plunkett his fair share of longevity as well.
During his time with the Jets, Plunkett was selected to two Pro Bowls, in 1964 and 1966. From 1965-1967, Plunkett was at least second team All-AFL, and was first team in 1966.
Our second nominee, also number 79, the late Sherman Plunkett!
Next: D'Brickashaw Ferguson
I think every Jets fan reading this post knows exactly who this guy is. D’Brickashaw Ferguson, like Marvin Powell, was a first round choice of the Jets, fourth overall, this time in 2006, along with Nick Mangold, chosen later in the round. He became the starter at left tackle immediately, and has started every game for the Jets since. Overall, D’Brickashaw Ferguson has started 144 games at left tackle for the New York Jets.
For his career, Ferguson has been selected to three Pro Bowls, 2009-2011. He has been a mainstay on the New York Jets offensive line since minute one. After a previous drop off, Ferguson posted a solid season in 2014.
Our third nominee, you know him, you love him, number 60, D’Brickashaw Ferguson!
Next: Winston Hill
One of the Jets most beloved stars, and finest, rounds out the group. Winston Hill was actually drafted by the NFL’s Baltimore Colts in the 11th round of the 1963 draft. After being cut by the Colts, he bolted for the AFL and joined the Jets. We are glad he did.
Hill played left tackle until moving to the right side in 1971. At one point in his career, Hill had started 174 games for the Jets, the 10th longest streak in NFL history. He played a huge role in the Jets Super Bowl III win, helping Matt Snell rush for 121 yards and one touchdown. Hill was an eight time All-Star, four times in the AFL, four in the NFL. He made countless All-Pro teams.
Our final nominee, number 75, Winston Hill!
That’s the group. You know what to do. Vote below, the top two will make the roster.
Who is the best Jets offensive tackle of all time?
(53%, 17 Votes)
(34%, 11 Votes)
(13%, 4 Votes)
(0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 32