NY Jets: Top 30 greatest all-time players

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Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former players Joe Namath (left) and Marty Lyons (right) talk before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

30. Marty Lyons (1979-1989), DE/DT/NT

A first round pick out of Alabama in 1979, Marty Lyons helped anchor the Jets’ defensive line for eleven years.

He was a member of the New York Sack Exchange, a dominant defensive line that also consisted of Joe Klecko, Mark Gastineau and Abdul Salaam. The powerhouse unit helped make the Jets relevant again, as the team reached the playoffs four times (1981, 1982, 1985, 1986) in the 1980’s. Prior to the arrival of the Sack Exchange, the Jets had reached the playoffs only twice.

Individually, Lyons produced 29 sacks, tenth most in Jets history. Considering sacks were not even an officially measured statistic for the first three years of Lyons’ career, that number is all the more impressive.

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