Ranking the top 10 safeties in NY Jets history

From Victor Green to Jamal Adams, we look at the best safeties in Jets history
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1. Victor Green, S, NY Jets

Victor Green played for the Jets from 1993 to 2001 and was a hard-hitting safety known for his physicality and tackling ability. His leadership and reliability in the secondary made him a crucial component of the Jets' defense. Green's durability and consistency earned him the distinction of being one of the top safeties in Jets' history.

Green played nine years for the Jets after being an undrafted rookie signing before the 1993 season. He played his college ball for Akron University where he finished his playing career with nine interceptions as a hybrid safety.

Upon coming to the Jets, Green spent much of his first two seasons as a reserve player, really only playing special teams. He appeared in 27 games in the 1993 and 1994 seasons but only managed to record one sack, one fumble recovery, and a total of just 17 tackles across both seasons.

In the 1995 season, everything changed. Green appeared in all 16 games, starting 12 of them at strong safety. He finished that year with an interception, a fumble recovery, two sacks, and a staggering 137 tackles.

From there, Green was an every-down player for the next six seasons with the team. Across his nine seasons with the Jets, Green finished with 139 games played, 108 starts, 24 interceptions, 27 passes defended, seven forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries, seven sacks, 859 tackles, and eight tackles for loss.

In terms of Jets safeties, Green really is in a group of his own. His ability to not only create turnovers but also dominate the box with sacks and tackles makes him a true hybrid safety. He was as effective in the box as Jamal Adams but was also as comfortable in coverage as McMillan.

That combination made Green a phenomenal NFL safety and the best in Jets history.