New York Jets Throwback Thursday: Kyle Clifton

By Alan Schechter

It’s time for a new edition of “Throwback Thursday” with our beloved New York Jets.

The Jets have had a rich history at the linebacker position. Names like Marvin Jones, Mo Lewis, and more recently, Bart Scott and David Harris come to mind. For tonight’s look back, we head to the 1980’s to remember one of the top linebackers in New York Jets history.

Kyle Clifton was born in Olney, Texas, and played his college ball for Texas Christian University (TCU). He was drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 1984 draft, with the 64th pick overall.

The rest is history. The name of the game for Kyle Clifton was consistency. Take a look at his career stats:

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Growing up watching Kyle Clifton play, what I remember is consistency.  Clifton was a tackling machine.  He has posted nine seasons with well over 100 tackles, and one where he nearly posted 200 tackles.  Kyle Clifton was all over the football field, stopping everyone, even on some very poor Jets teams throughout the 80’s and early 90’s.

To give the younger fans the best frame of reference, Kyle Clifton was David Harris, before David Harris.  He was a leader on the Jets defense, and a stout tackler.

Tonight, we remember one of the Jets greats, number 59, Kyle Clifton!

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