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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24. Corey Ballentine, CB/KR, NY Jets

  • Country of Birth: Jamaica
  • Jets playing career: 2020

One of two Jamaican-born players in Jets history, Corey Ballentine had a brief stint with the team during the 2020 season. A former sixth-round pick of the New York Giants, Ballentine was claimed off waivers by the Jets in November of 2020, and he went on to appear in six games with the team.

Ballentine's only contributions came on special teams, where he played 100 total snaps and served as the team's kick returner over the final stretch of the season.

The highlight was an excellent 66-yard kick return in a Week 14 loss against the Seattle Seahawks. Ballentine is still kicking around in the NFL as a member of the Green Bay Packers at the time of writing.

23. Tuineau Alipate, LB, NY Jets

  • Country of Birth: Tonga
  • Jets playing career: 1994

Tuineau Alipate holds the distinction of being the only player on this list who is a descendant of royalty (at least to my knowledge). The late Alipate is the nephew of the former Queen of Tonga, Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe.

Alipate played eight games with the Jets in the 1994 season, appearing exclusively on special teams. He made his presence felt, however, recovering a key fumble in a Week 11 game against the Green Bay Packers and helping force a fumble a few weeks later against the Miami Dolphins.

Alipate would later appear in 16 games with the Minnesota Vikings in 1995 before he was released the following season. Not bad for Tongan royalty.

22. Mike Mock, LB, NY Jets

  • Country of Birth: Norway
  • Jets playing career: 1978

The NFL has only featured six players from Norway in the league's existence. Two of them have played for the Jets: Kaare Vedvik and this man, Mike Mock.

An eighth-round pick of the Jets in the 1978 NFL Draft, Mock appeared in 15 games for the Jets as a rookie, mostly playing special teams. Mock entered the 1979 season competing for a roster spot, but an injury ultimately resulted in him being released.

Mock never played in another NFL game, but his son, Chance, later played quarterback for the Texas Longhorns in the early 2000s, splitting time with Vince Young.