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NY Jets: Mike White enshrined in Canton after historic performance

By Kristen Wong
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After just one career start, NY Jets quarterback Mike White already has a display case in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

White's performance in the Jets' underdog win against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8 was so historic that the folks in Canton decided to immortalize him with an exhibit in the Pro Football Today Gallery.

There, White's game-used jersey and a game ball sit, well-preserved, as a glorious reminder of exactly what White did for the Jets franchise that day.

The Hall of Fame notes that White’s total of 37 completions sets an all-time record for a quarterback in his starting debut (for the Jets, no less).

White’s total of 405 passing yards puts him in some pretty elite company, too. White joins Cam Newton as the only quarterbacks since 1950 to pass for at least 400 yards as a first-time starter (Newton threw 422 yards in his NFL debut against the Arizona Cardinals in 2011).

Not to mention, White has also inked his name in Jets' history books by breaking records for attempts, yards, and touchdowns.

NY Jets quarterback Mike White receives one of the highest honors in football

With rookie Zach Wilson still out due to a knee injury, White surpassed everybody's expectations in Week 8 by completing 37-of-45 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns. White himself even caught a two-point conversion after his go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.

When Wilson returns, who knows, maybe White could feature in a rotational role as a wide receiver. Crazier things have happened.

The fifth-round pick out of Western Kentucky in 2018 was a break-in-case-of-emergency quarterback who hadn't seen any league action before replacing Wilson in Week 7.

White ended up saving the day for the Jets a week later, winning AFC Offensive Player of the Week, and getting his very own shrine in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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