NY Jets: Top 30 greatest all-time players

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Jan 31, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Chad Pennington on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors award ceremony at Symphony Hall. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

29. Chad Pennington (2000-2007), QB

Simply uttering the name “Chad Pennington” to a Jets fan brings up sad memories of what might have been.

Jets fans had high hopes when their team used a first round pick to select the promising Pennington out of Marshall. Initially, that faith was rewarded. Pennington was named the Jets’ starter in 2002, a season in which he went on to throw 22 touchdown passes and only 6 interceptions. He also led the league with an astounding 68.9 completion percentage.

Unfortunately, frequent injuries robbed Pennington of his potential and arm strength. Although he posted solid career numbers (102 TD, 64 INT, 66% completion percentage), Pennington only started 10+ games in a season four times during his short career.

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