5 best players to spend only one season with the NY Jets

The Jets have had some legends that we all know and love, but it's easy to forget the ones who came and went after just one season.
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4. Frank Gore, RB, NY Jets

Frank Gore was a menace to opposing defenses throughout his career. Not many players have the stellar reputation he does. Unfortunately, he came aboard during one of the bleakest times in franchise history.

Gore signed with the Jets on May 5th, 2020. He was familiar with head coach Adam Gase who he spent some time with in both San Francisco and Miami. He joined Le'Veon Bell in the backfield.

Most Jets fans will remember what a brutal era this was. The Jets would finish 2-14 this year, before finally ushering Gase out of town.

It wasn't the best way to end such a decorated run. Gore finished his career third all-time in rushing, surpassing the likes of Barry Sanders, Adrian Peterson, Curtis Martin, and LaDainian Tomlinson.

He played until the age of 37 in an era when running backs are typically considered "damaged goods" by the age of 28. To say his resume is impressive would be an understatement. Unfortunately, it didn't end on a high note.

He completed his one Jets season with 187 rushes for 653 yards and two touchdowns on a lowly 3.5 yards per attempt. This would be his final NFL season.

3. Steve Atwater, S, NY Jets

The younger generation of fans might not even know about this, or even know who Steve Atwater is. But he is a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history. After years of dominance in Denver, he finished his career with the Jets.

Atwater joined the squad after one of the most successful campaigns in franchise history. The 1999 season was arguably the most anticipated season the Jets have had. Unfortunately, after quarterback Vinny Testaverde tore his Achilles on opening day, Super Bowl hopes ended right there.

Atwater had a decorated career which included two Super Bowl championships, two first-team All-Pro selections, eight Pro Bowl appearances, and a Hall of Fame jacket.

He started 11 of 12 games for the Jets that year, finishing with 63 tackles and no interceptions. Despite a late-season surge, the Jets finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.