New York Jets Throwback Thursday: RB Johnny Hector

By Alan Schechter

Good evening New York Jets fans. Time for another edition of “Throwback Thursday”.

For this trip down memory lane, we return to the offensive side of the football, and look at a guy that didn’t get as much of the glory as some of the other skilled players. In the 1980’s, the Jets had quite the air attack, with Wesley Walker and Al Toon leading the way. They also weren’t too shabby on the ground, led by Freeman McNeil, the franchise’s top career runner at the time.

But McNeil had help. This player worked to form a 1-2 punch with McNeil, and filled in admirably for him when he was out.

Tonight, the spotlight is on RB Johnny Hector.

Johnny Hector was born in Louisiana on November 26, 1960. He played his college ball for Texas A & M. Here are Hector’s stats while in school:

Rushing & Receiving

The Jets liked what they saw, and selected Hector in the second round of the 1983 NFL draft, with the 51st pick overall.  After posting a 5.3 yards per carry average in his rookie season, Hector became a major part of the offense in 1984.  That year, Hector rushed for 531 yards and one touchdown, to go along with 20 receptions for 182 yards.

His best work came from 1987-1988, posting 21 touchdowns rushing over those two seasons.  Hector was tied for the NFL lead in 1987 with 11.

For our younger readers, and readers of my generation that want to reminisce, take a look at Hector’s career stats:

Rushing & Receiving

Hector’s 11 touchdowns in 1987 tied him for the NFL lead.

Johnny Hector is a well-liked player in Jets history, after spending his entire career with the team through the 1992 season.

After football, Johnny Hector decided to pay it forward, working with the “Peter Sport Management Program”. Their job is to support and mentor individuals making a career in sports.

A terrific running back on the field, and a good guy off of it. Tonight, we remember, number 34, Johnny Hector!

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