Ranking all 33 foreign-born players in NY Jets history

From Vlad Ducasse to Tim Tebow (yes, really), we ranked EVERY foreign-born player to play for the Jets
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3. Guy Bingham, LS/OL, NY Jets

  • Country of Birth: Japan
  • Jets playing career: 1980-1988

Long snappers deserve love too! Guy Bingham served as the Jets' long snapper for nearly all of the 1980s and played more games than all but one player on this list.

Bingham ranks 37th all-time in franchise history with 125 career games played with the Jets. His value extends belong long snapping, too, as Bingham was called upon to play on the offensive line on a number of occasions due to injury.

Bingham is the only player in Jets history to be born in Japan and one of only 12 in NFL history. No player on this list spent more years as a member of the Jets' organization than Bingham. This is a well-deserved top-three ranking for the team's longtime long snapper and backup center.

2. Tony Richardson, FB, NY Jets

  • Country of Birth: Germany
  • Jets playing career: 2008-2010

Born in Frankfurt, Germany to a military family, Tony Richardson carved out an excellent career as one of the NFL's premier fullbacks for over 15 years — the final three of which were spent with the Jets.

Richardson was an integral part of the Jets' dominant running game from 2008-2010, helping Thomas Jones rush for over 1,000 yards on two occasions. He also helped lead the Jets to consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances in 2009 and 2010.

Fullbacks don't always get the love they deserve, but Richardson remains a fan-favorite in New York for his efforts on and off the field with the Jets. He is absolutely one of the greatest foreign-born players in franchise history...but not the greatest.

1. Ray Mickens, CB, NY Jets

  • Country of Birth: Germany
  • Jets playing career: 1996-2003

Another Frankfurt native, Ray Mickens spent eight years with the Jets from 1996-2003, appearing in 126 games over that time — the most out of any player on this list.

Mickens was an important part of the Jets' defense for nearly a decade, serving as the team's primary nickel cornerback. At just 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, Mickens managed to carve out a lengthy career as one of the premier slot cornerbacks of his era.

In many ways, Mickens was ahead of his time as a nickel cornerback. The undersized and unheralded Mickens would have thrived in today's pass-happy NFL, and he likely would have received more recognition.

Regardless, we're here to give Mickens his flowers as the greatest foreign-born player in Jets' history. A well-deserved honor for a perennially underrated member of the organization.