1. Mo Lewis, LB, NY Jets
Sticking to the defensive side of the ball, and also at linebacker, my top choice for the Jets Ring of Honor goes to Mo Lewis. The former Georgia Bulldog had many similarities to his game to that of Kyle Clifton, except that Lewis was a much more well-rounded player.
Lewis, like Clifton, was a third-round draft pick and played all 13 of his seasons with the Jets. Lewis also put up big numbers when it came to tackles as he accumulated 1,231 combined tackles and an even more impressive 883 solo tackles for his career.
In 1994, Lewis accumulated over 100 solo tackles and had over 100 combined tackles five times over the course of his career. In addition to being a tackling machine, Lewis had 14 interceptions, 13 fumble recoveries, 52.5 sacks, 79 pass deflections and is the franchise leader in forced fumbles with 29.
Lewis played in 200 games for the Jets and started 199 of them. He was selected to the Pro Bowl three times from 1998 to 2000 and, if not for playing in an era with the likes of Junior Seau, Kevin Greene, Derrick Thomas, Greg Lloyd, and Cornelius Bennett, he would have most likely made several more Pro Bowls.
Lewis was a long-time team captain for the Jets from 1997 to 2003 and was well respected among his peers. However, for as great a player as Mo Lewis was, he is often more remembered as the guy who injured then Patriots' quarterback Drew Bledsoe setting the stage for Tom Brady to take over.
The hit on Bledsoe was hard but clean and nobody at the time would have ever imagined that the unknown, former sixth-round draft pick out of Michigan would become the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL due to the hit by Lewis.
Mo Lewis had a long and illustrious career with the Jets and is deservedly well recognized for his accomplishments. It seems very likely that it's just a matter of time before he is inducted into the Jets Ring of Honor.