Two former NY Jets 'legends' officially retire on the same day

NY Jets, Frank Gore
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The NFL world said goodbye to two former NY Jets legends on Thursday as both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Frank Gore officially announced their retirements from the NFL.

Okay perhaps the term "legend" is used slightly in jest here, but it's hard to argue that at least one of the two didn't have quite a memorable stint with the organization.

Fitzpatrick will always be remembered by Jets fans for his magical 2015 season that saw him break the franchise's single-season passing touchdown record as he led the team to a 10-6 record. We just don't have to discuss how that season ended.

As for Gore, his time with the Jets was a little less memorable as he spent just one season with the organization, rushing for 653 yards on a 3.5 yards-per-carry average during the team's woeful 2020 campaign.

The NY Jets say goodbye to Ryan Fitzpatrick and Frank Gore

Fitzpatrick is always going to be a contentious figure when it comes to Jets fans. For as incredible as that 2015 season was, some will opt to remember Fitzpatrick's Jets tenure for how it ended.

There was a late-season meltdown, offseason contract controversy, and a disastrous 2016 campaign. All of that can't be overlooked, but it also remains true that Fitzpatrick put together one of the greatest single-season performances of any QB in franchise history.

That's a fact. That magical 2015 season with Fitzpatrick throwing to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker is the last sliver of success the Jets have had. If you're going to remember the bad, you also have to recognize the good.

Gore's tenure in Florham Park won't exactly go down in the record books like Fitzpatrick's will, but the Jets will now forever be the final stop in Gore's illustrious 16-year career.

Much like many other Pro Football Hall of Famers who ended their careers with brief stints in New York (see: Ed Reed, Steve Atwater, etc.), Gore concluded his NFL journey with the Jets.

Jets fans may remember him as Adam Gase's favorite running back or the 37-year-old man taking snaps away from the younger backs on the roster, but that shouldn't take away from what he accomplished in his career.

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The NFL officially says goodbye to both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Frank Gore — two players who had brief and unique stints with the Jets.