New York Jets: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all-time
By Justin Fried
- Signed by Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2002
- Pro Bowl w/Jets (2011)
- 142 career games started w/Jets
- Blocked for Jets No. 1 rushing attack in 2009
We’ve reached the final member of the famed late 2000s Jets offensive line with homegrown guard Brandon Moore. And with that, we’ve also reached our third undrafted free agent signing.
Moore initially joined the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2002, but was actually released after spending a little time on the practice squad. Looking for a job, Moore bounced around in the Arena Football League and even had a small stint in NFL Europe before rejoining the Jets in 2003.
The rest, as they say, is history. Moore would become the Jets’ regular starter at right guard in the 2004 season and would end up starting 141 consecutive games for Gang Green.
Just think about that for a second.
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For eight straight seasons, Moore played all 16 games becoming the ultimate model of reliability and consistency. Offensive linemen find themselves injured all the time. It’s rare for a lineman to play even three consecutive seasons without missing a game. Moore managed to do so for eight seasons and 141 games.
That’s basically the football equivalent of Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2,632 consecutive games streak, or maybe just a step below it.
Moore didn’t just play in those games, he played at a very high level. For nine seasons, Moore served as one of the best offensive guards in the NFL finally receiving his due with a Pro Bowl appearance in 2011 in what would be his second-to-last season.
Unfortunately, many will remember Moore for his part in the infamous “Butt Fumble” play on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. But his legacy should not be tarnished for simply putting the “Butt” in “Butt Fumble.”
Moore was the model of consistency and was a key member of the Jets’ AFC Championship runs of 2009 and 2010. And that alone must trump any embarrassment from his involvement in NFL infamy.
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