- Signed five-year, $25 million contract w/Jets in 2008
- 45 career games started w/Jets
- Blocked for Jets No. 1 rushing attack in 2009
- Blocked for a top-10 rushing attack w/Jets (2008-2010)
Damien Woody was a part of the glory days of the Jets offensive line. Just a bit of a spoiler, the five-man, star-studded unit of the late 2000s will be heavily featured on this list.
Woody served as the Jets starting right tackle for three seasons after joining the team via free agency before the 2008 season. Prior to signing with the Jets, the powerful offensive lineman had spent nine seasons with the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions building an upstanding reputation as one of the better linemen in the league.
Woody was a two-time Super Bowl champion and one-time Pro Bowler before ever suiting up in the green and white, making the signing a big deal at the time. It’s safe to say that Woody lived up to expectations of his contract helping lead the way for a top-10 rushing attack in each of his seasons with the Jets.
His 2009 season was particularly strong, as the Jets put together their best rushing season in team history totaling the most rushing yards as a team by the season’s end. Woody was a major part of this accomplishment and his excellent blocking sealing off the right side of the offensive line was instrumental in running back Thomas Jones’ 1,402 rushing yards that season.
The current ESPN analyst would rank higher on this list if his tenure with the team was longer, but unfortunately, a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the 2011 postseason ended his NFL career early at the age of 33.
Still, he remains one of the key pieces of the Jets 2009-2010 AFC Championship runs.
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