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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33. Kaare Vedvik, K, NY Jets

  • Country of Birth: Norway
  • Jets playing career: 2019

We start with an infamous name from recent Jets' history. Born in Norway, Kaare Vedvik didn't play football until the age of 17, when he joined a local team in his home country. Seven years later, Vedvik signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent.

The Jets claimed him off waivers prior to Week 1 of the 2019 season, and Vedvik would go on to serve as the team's kicker in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills. It did not go well.

Vedvik missed his only field goal and extra-point attempt, ultimately costing the Jets in a 17-16 loss. He was waived a few days later and hasn't appeared in another NFL game since.

32. Rich Szaro, K, NY Jets

  • Country of Birth: Poland
  • Jets playing career: 1979

One of only seven Polish-born players in NFL history (and one of two on this list), Rich Szaro spent four years as a kicker with the New Orleans Saints in the '70s before he was signed by the Jets in 1979.

Filling in for the injured Pat Leahy, Szaro would kick in just one game — a Week 7 win over the Minnesota Vikings — before he was replaced. The reason? He missed both of his field-goal attempts.

Szaro was released a few days later and replaced by another player on this list. He earns the slight nod over Vedvik because he at least made two extra points. That's good enough for me.

31. Sanjay Beach, WR, NY Jets

  • Country of Birth: The Philippines
  • Jets playing career: 1989

Born on Clark Air Force Base in The Philippines, Sanjay Beach was signed by the Jets as an undrafted wide receiver out of Colorado State. He made just one appearance for the team, recording no stats in a 1989 Week 6 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Beach spent the rest of his lone season with the Jets on the taxi squad before signing with the San Francisco 49ers. He would actually find modest success in San Francisco and later Green Bay, finishing with 26 catches in 42 career games.

As for his Jets career, however, there isn't really much to say. He was promoted to the active roster for one game due to injuries and didn't record any stats. Still, at least he didn't provide negative value like the two players below him on this list.