New York Jets: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all-time

Wayne Chrebet, New York Jets. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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30. . . OT. Jumbo Elliott. 12

  • Signed a five-year, $15 million contract w/Jets in 1996

  • 58 career games started w/Jets

  • 84 total career games w/Jets

  • Caught three-yard TD pass in the famous “Monday Night Miracle” game

Jumbo Elliott‘s illustrious 14-year career, six of which came with the Jets, will forever be overshadowed by one magical play on one magical night.

Elliott had started 58 games for the Jets over four seasons as the team’s left tackle and had a career dating back over a decade prior with the New York Giants. But on one fateful night in October 2000, one play became forever synonymous with Elliott’s name.

The famous “Monday Night Miracle” game took place in 2000, one year after Elliott had been replaced as the team’s starting left tackle. At 35-years-old, the Long Island native served a role as the team’s backup swing tackle. But on this night, he was also an eligible receiver.

Trailing the rival Miami Dolphins by 23 points heading into the fourth quarter, the Jets had little hope for a comeback with the game seemingly all but over. That was until Gang Green fought back and scored 30 points in the final 15 minutes to force an overtime period, where they would eventually emerge victorious.

The likes of Vinny Testaverde, Curtis Martin and Wayne Chrebet powered the Jets back, but it was a legacy-defining play from Elliott that secured the game-tying touchdown. With the fourth quarter winding down, Elliott lined up as an eligible receiver and hauled in a two-yard reception to complete the comeback and send the game to overtime.

It was Elliott’s only career catch.

The Michigan product was a reliable starter for four seasons with the Jets protecting the blindside, but none of that will ever live up to the play he made as a backup tackle/eligible receiver. Elliott makes this list due in part to both his starting seasons and his famous touchdown, but one is undoubtedly more memorable than the other.

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