In this series, we’ll be highlighting a different player from the New York Jets’ storied past. Today, we take a look at wide receiver Laveranues Coles.
While his impressive college career came to a less than ceremonious end, Coles still managed to carve out a productive NFL career, most of it wearing the Gang Green.
Coles was dismissed from the Florida State football team after pleading guilty to misdemeanor petty theft after an incident with former Seminoles teammate Peter Warrick. He was still selected by the Jets in the third round of the NFL draft, and after a quiet rookie season, became one of the team’s go-to targets.
While he only spent three years with the Jets before leaving for the Washington Redskins, he would return to New York after just two seasons. He would spend another four years with the Jets before seeing his final regular-season action with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009.
Coles caught at least five touchdown passes in eight of his 10 NFL seasons, with six of those eight coming in New York. Two of his three 1,000-yard seasons came with the Jets, including his career-best 1,264 yards in 2002. He made his only Pro Bowl appearance the following season, this time in Washington, after posting his second consecutive 1,200-yard season.
In all, Coles suited up for 105 games as a member of the Jets, and his 5,941 career receiving yards put him at No. 5 on the team’s all-time list. His 459 career receptions are the fourth-most in team history, while his 37 touchdown receptions rank fifth.