In this series, we’ll be highlighting a different player from the New York Jets’ storied past. Today, we take a look at running back Emerson Boozer.
One of the most productive running backs in Jets history, Emerson Boozer was a workhorse for the Gang Green for a decade. He spent all 10 of his NFL seasons with the Jets, making him one of the truest members of this storied franchise.
A sixth-round pick in the 1966 AFL draft out of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Boozer was also selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the 1966 NFL draft. He was a two-time first-team All-American in college, and is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Sharing a backfield with two other Jets legends, quarterback Joe Namath and fulback Matt Snell, Boozer still made a name for himself as a reliable blocker and runner over his 10 seasons with the Jets. He was a two-time AFL All-Star who led the league with 10 rushing touchdowns in 1967, just his second season in the pros.
Boozer appeared in 118 career games for the Jets, making 75 starts.
A member of the Jets’ Ring of Honor, Boozer’s 5,135 rushing yards rank third in franchise history, trailing only NFL Hall of Famer Curtis Martin and Freeman McNeil. His 52 career rushing touchdowns are the second-most in team history, behind only Martin.
A versatile back, Boozer was also a productive pass-catcher out of the backfield, catching 139 passes for 1,488 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career.