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All-Time Teams: New York Jets



Introduction

In my endless research of all things football and through my passion for the history of the NFL, I have decided to try and compile an All-Time Team for all 32 current NFL franchises. By All-Time Team I mean a starting roster compiled of the very best players to ever put on each franchise’s jersey. I will be starting in alphabetical order by current franchise location, so Arizona Cardinals all the way to The Washington Football Team, with the goal of releasing one to two All-Time teams a week for the duration of the current NFL season. This is meant to be fun and cause some debate and is based on my opinion after all my research and deep dives into each franchise’s history. Of course, not everyone will agree with who I chose, and I’d love to hear from anyone who agrees or disagrees, but first, let’s lay out some ground rules for how I came up with each team.


1. Each team roster will consist of the following:

Offense - 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 2 OT, 2 OG, 1 C

Defense - 2 DE, 2 DT, 3 LB, 2 CB, 2 S

Special Teams - 1 K, 1 P, 1 Returner

Coach - 1 Head Coach


2. I only considered an individual’s stats and contributions with each specific franchise. For example, Peyton Manning’s years with the Broncos were not considered when deciding on the starting QB of the Colts All-Time Team. As a result, the stats and awards listed with each individual player are only those that were achieved with that specific franchise.


3. A player cannot represent two teams as the starter. Players who spent time with more than one team were considered for the franchise they spent the most time with or had the most impact on. This rule led to some interesting scenarios that I will discuss in detail with each specific article to try and clear up any confusion.


4. A player’s stats and impact were considered in context with their era. This won’t simply be a listing of who passed or ran for the most yards in franchise history.


5. All stats are from Pro-Football-Reference and through the 2021 season. I will also be counting sacks from 1960, though the NFL doesn't officially count sacks until 1982.


6. Players in the "Honorable Mentions" section are ordered by year. It's not an indication of where I believe they rank in franchise history.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to it!


New York Jets All-Time Team


Franchise Information

First Season: 1960

  1. New York Titans (1960-1962)

  2. New York Jets (1963-Present)

Record: 414-527-8 (44.00 W-L%)

Playoff Record: 12-13

Super Bowls Won: 1 (1968) AFL Championships Won: 1 (1968)

Passing Leader: Joe Namath 1,836/3,655 | 27,057 Yds | 170 TD

Rushing Leader: Curtis Martin 2,560 Att | 10,302 Yds | 58 TD

Receiving Leader: Don Maynard 627 Rec | 11,732 Yds | 88 TD

Sack Leader: Mark Gastineau 107.5 Sk

Interception Leader: Bill Baird 34 Int

Scoring Leader: Pat Leahy 1,470 Points

Winningest Coach: Weeb Ewbank 71-77-6


QB: Joe Namath (1965-1976)

Record: 60-61-4 | 50.2 Cmp% | 27,057 Yds | 170 TD | 215 Int | 135 Rush Yds | 7 Rush TD | Led League in Cmp 1966 and 1967 (232, 258) | Led League in Yds 1966, 1967 and 1972 (3,379, 4,007, 2,816) | Led League in TD 1972 (19) | Led League in Yds/A 1967 and 1972 (8.2, 8.7) | Led League in Yds/G 1966, 1967 and 1972 (241.4, 286.2, 216.6) | 5x Pro-Bowl (65, 67, 68, 69, 72) | 1x All-Pro (68) | 1968 and 1969 AFL MVP | 1974 Comeback Player of the Year | 1968 Super Bowl Champion | AFL All-1960s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1985


Broadway Joe is of course the starting quarterback for the Jets. Namath struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, but that didn't keep him from having a Hall of Fame Career. He led the league in completions twice, yards three times, touchdowns once, yards per attempt twice and yards per game three times. Namath was named to five Pro-Bowls and one All-Pro Team and was named the 1968 and 1969 AFL MVP. His 1967 season of 4,007 yards was the first time a quarterback ever crossed the 4,000-yard mark. Namath was a massive celebrity, and we all know the story of how he guaranteed the victory in the 1968 Super Bowl, which he backed up. He was named to the AFL All-1960s Team and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Richard Todd (1976-1983) | Record: 42-51-1 | 54.6 Cmp% | 18,241 Yds | 110 TD | 138 Int | 821 Rush Yds | 14 Rush TD | Led League in Yds/A 1979 (8)

  2. Ken O’Brien (1984-1992) | Record: 50-55-1 | 58.8 Cmp% | 24,386 Yds | 124 TD | 95 Int | 377 Rush Yds | Led League in QB Rating 1985 (96.2) | 2x Pro-Bowl (85, 91)

  3. Vinny Testaverde (1998-2003, 2005) | Record: 35-26 | 59 Cmp% | 77 TD | 58 Int | 205 Rush Yds | 3 Rush TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (98)

  4. Chad Pennington (2000-2007) | Record: 32-29 | 65.6 Cmp% | 13,738 Yds | 82 TD | 55 Int | 396 Rush Yds | 6 Rush TD | Led League in Cmp% 2002 (68.9%) | Led League in QB Rating 2002 (104.2) | 2006 Comeback Player of the Year


RB: Curtis Martin (1998-2005)

4.0 Yds/A | 10,302 Yds | 58 TD | 367 Rec | 2,439 Rec Yds | 5 Rec TD | Led League in Yds 2004 (1,697) | 3x Pro-Bowl (98, 01, 04) | 1x All-Pro (04) | Hall of Fame Class 2012


The great Curtis Martin is up first at running back for the All-Time Jets. After three straight 1,000-yard seasons in New England, Martin was signed by the Jets and proceeded to have seven more 1,000-yard seasons, making it 10 straight to start his career. He led the league in yards in 2004 with 1,697. Martin currently ranks sixth in rushing yards in NFL history and was voted to three Pro-Bowls and one All-Pro Team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.


RB: Freeman McNeil (1981-1992)

4.5 Yds/A | 8,074 Yds | 38 TD | 295 Rec | 2,961 Rec Yds | 12 Rec TD | Led League in Yds 1982 (786) | Led League in Yds/A 1982 (5.2) | 3x Pro-Bowl (82, 84, 85) | 1x All-Pro (82)


There are a couple options for the other running back position. I decided on Freeman McNeil. McNeil racked up over 8,000 yards rushing with the Jets, which is second only to Curtis Martin. He led the league in yards and yards per attempt in 1982 and was voted to three Pro-Bowls and one All-Pro Team. Emmerson Boozer and Matt Snell both have good claims to this spot as well, but I'm giving the slight edge to McNeil.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Bill Mathis (1960-1969) | 3.4 Yds/A | 3,589 Yds | 37 TD | 149 Rec | 1,715 Rec Yds | 9 Rec TD | Led League in Yds/Tch 1967 (6.5) | 2x Pro-Bowl (61, 63) | 1x All-Pro (61)

  2. Matt Snell (1964-1969) | 4.1 Yds/A | 4,285 Yds | 24 TD | 193 Rec | 1,375 Rec Yds | 7 Rec TD | 3x Pro-Bowl (64, 66, 69) | 1x All-Pro (69)

  3. Emerson Boozer (1966-1975) | 4.0 Yds/A | 5,135 Yds | 52 TD | 139 Rec | 1,488 Rec Yds | 12 Rec TD | Led League in TD 1967 (10) | Led League in RRTD 1967 and 1972 (13, 14) | 2x Pro-Bowl (66, 68)

  4. John Riggins (1971-1975) | 4.2 Yds/A | 3,880 Yds | 25 TD | 129 Rec | 1,162 Rec Yds | 6 Rec TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (75) | Hall of Fame Class 1992

  5. Johnny Hector (1983-1992) | 4.1 Yds/A | 4,280 Yds | 41 TD | 188 Rec | 1,661 Rec Yds | 3 Rec TD | Led League in TD 1987 (11)

  6. Richie Anderson (1993-2002) | 3.8 Yds/A | 722 Yds | 2 TD | 305 Rec | 2,449 Rec Yds | 10 Rec TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (00)

  7. Thomas Jones (2007-2009) | 4.1 Yds/A | 3,833 Yds | 28 TD | 74 Rec | 482 Rec Yds | 3 Rec TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (08)


WR: Don Maynard (1960-1972)

627 Rec | 11,732 Yds | 88 TD | Led League in Yds 1967 (1,434) | Led League in Yds/Rec 1968 (22.8) | Led League in TD 1965 (14) | Led League in Yds/G 1967 and 1968 (102.4, 99.8) | 4x Pro-Bowl (65, 67, 68, 69) | 1x All-Pro (69) | AFL All-1960s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1987


Don Maynard was Joe Namath's favorite target for much of his career. Maynard was a member of the Jets inaugural season and racked up over 600 receptions for 11,732 yards and 88 touchdowns. He still owns every franchise receiving record, even after some 50 years since he last played. Maynard had five seasons of 1,000 or more yards and twice went over 10 touchdowns. He led the league in yards once, yards per reception once, touchdowns once and yards per game twice. At retirement, Maynard ranked number one in receptions and yards and second in touchdowns in NFL history. He was voted to four Pro-Bowls, one All-Pro Team and the AFL All-1960s Team. Maynard was immortalized in Canton in 1987. I don't know how he wasn't a first ballot Hall of Famer.

WR: Wesley Walker (1977-1989)

438 Rec | 8,306 Yds | 71 TD | Led League in Yds 1978 (1,169) | Led League in Yds/Rec 1977 and 1978 (21.1, 24.4) | Led League in Yds/G 1978 (73.1) | 2x Pro-Bowl (78, 82) | 1x All-Pro (78)


Wesley Walker was a great wide receiver for the Jets for 13 seasons from 1977-1989. Twice he went over 1,000 yards and once he had double-digit touchdowns. He led the league in yards in 1978, yards per reception in both 1977 and 1978 and yards per game in 1978 as well. He was voted to the Pro-Bowl in 1978 and 1982 and the All-Pro Team in 1978.


WR: Al Toon (1985-1992)

517 Rec | 6,605 Yds | 31 TD | Led League in Rec 1988 (93) | 3x Pro-Bowl (86, 87, 88) | 1x All-Pro (86)


This was a close call between Wayne Chrebet and Al Toon. Ultimately, I decided on Toon because he had a much more dominant peak. Twice Al Toon went over 1,000 yards and he led the league in receptions in 1988. He was voted to the Pro-Bowl in three straight seasons from 1986-1988 and was named to the All-Pro Team in 1986. Along with Chrebet, George Sauer and Keyshawn Johnson have good claims to this spot as well.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Art Powell (1960-1962) | 204 Rec | 3,187 Yds | 27 TD | Led League in Yds 1962 (1,130) | Led League in TD 1960 (14) | Led League in Yds/G 1962 (80.7) | Led League in RRTD 1960 (14) | 1x All-Pro (60) | AFL All-1960s Team

  2. Bake Turner (1963-1969) | 191 Rec | 3,002 Yds | 22 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (63)

  3. George Sauer (1965-1970) | 309 Rec | 4,965 Yds | 28 TD | Led League in Rec 1967 (75) | 4x Pro-Bowl (66, 67, 68, 69) | 2x All-Pro (67, 68)

  4. Rob Moore (1990-1994) | 306 Rec | 4,258 Yds | 22 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (94)

  5. Wayne Chrebet (1995-2005) | 580 Rec | 7,365 Yds | 41 TD

  6. Keyshawn Johnson (1996-1999) | 305 Rec | 4,108 Yds | 31 TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (98, 99)

  7. Laveranues Coles (2000-2002, 2005-2008) | 459 Rec | 5,941 Yds | 37 TD

  8. Jerricho Cotchery (2004-2010) | 358 Rec | 4,514 Yds | 18 TD

  9. Brandon Marshall (2015-2016) | 168 Rec | 2,290 Yds | 17 TD | Led League in TD 2015 (14) | Led League in Yds/Tch 2015 (13.8) | Led League in RRTD 2015 (14) | 1x Pro-Bowl (15)


TE: Rich Caster (1970-1977)

245 Rec | 4,434 Yds | 36 TD | 3x Pro-Bowl (72, 74, 75)


This was a tough decision as well. Rich Caster, Jerome Barkum and Mickey Shuler all have very similar career totals, but Caster did it in four less seasons, so he gets the edge in my book. Caster had four seasons of at least 500 yards receiving and once caught double-digit touchdowns. He was vote to the Pro-Bowl in 1972, 1974 and 1975.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Pete Lammons (1966-1971) | 184 Rec | 2,345 Yds | 14 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (67)

  2. Jerome Barkum (1972-1983) | 326 Rec | 4,789 Yds | 40 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (73)

  3. Mickey Shuler (1978-1989) | 438 Rec | 4,819 Yds | 37 TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (86, 88)


OT: Winston Hill (1963-1976)

Started 182 of 195 Games | 8x Pro-Bowl (64, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73) | AFL All-1960s Team | Hall of Fame Class 2020


Winston Hill is the easy choice at offensive tackle. Hill spent 14 seasons with the Jets and started every game in 12 of them. He was named to eight Pro-Bowls and the AFL All-1960s Team. Hill was also a key member of the Jets only Super Bowl winning team. He was finally inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020, unfortunately after he had already passed away.


OT: Marvin Powell (1977-1985)

Started 123 of 124 Games | 5x Pro-Bowl (79, 80, 81, 82, 83) | 3x All-Pro (79, 81, 82)


Marvin Powell is the other offensive tackle for this All-Time Team. He spent nine seasons with the Jets and started every game in four seasons. He was named to five straight Pro-Bowls from 1979-1983 and was also named to the All-Pro Team in 1979, 1981 and 1982. D'Brickashaw Ferguson would be next in line to take this spot.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Sherman Plunkett (1963-1967) | Started 63 of 70 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (64, 66)

  2. Jeff Criswell (1988-1994) | Started 104 of 108 Games

  3. Jason Fabini (1998-2005) | Started 114 of 114 Games

  4. D’Brickashaw Ferguson (2006-2015) | Started 160 of 160 Games | 3x Pro-Bowl (09, 10, 11)


OG: Dave Herman (1964-1973)

Started 118 of 128 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (68, 69)


First up at offensive guard is Dave Herman. Herman was with the Jets from 1964-1973 and started every game in six seasons. He was voted to the Pro-Bowl in both 1968 and 1969 and was a key member of the team's lone Super Bowl victory.


OG: Randy Rasmussen (1967-1981)

Started 199 of 207 Games


Brandon Moore, Dan Alexander and Randy Rasmussen were all great during their tenures in New York. I'm giving the edge to Rasmussen. He started 199 games with the Jets during his 15 seasons, including starting every game in nine seasons. Rasmussen's 207 games in Jets uniform are more than any other non-kicker in history. Dan Alexander started over 180 games Brandon Allen was a one-time Pro-Bowler as well.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Bob Mischak (1960-1962) | Started 38 of 39 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (61, 62) | 2x All-Pro (60, 61)

  2. Dan Alexander (1977-1989) | Started 183 of 192 Games

  3. Brandon Moore (2003-2012) | Started 142 of 144 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (11)


C: Nick Mangold (2006-2016)

Started 164 of 164 Games | 7x Pro-Bowl (08, 09, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15) | 2x All-Pro (09, 10)


Center was another really hard call. I give the slight edge to Nick Mangold over Kevin Mawae. Mangold made more Pro-Bowls and played in more games for the Jets so that gives him the edge. If Kevin Mawae didn't spend time with two other teams, this spot would have probably been his, but if were just looking at what they did in Jet's uniform, then I've got to go with Mangold. Mangold started 164 games with the Jets, including starting every game in seven seasons and was voted to seven Pro-Bowls and two All-Pro Teams. I believe Mangold deserves a bust in Canton.


Honorable Mentions

  1. John Schmitt (1964-1973) | Started 114 of 116 Games

  2. Joe Fields (1975-1987) | Started 155 of 186 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (81, 82) | 1x All-Pro (82)

  3. Jim Sweeney (1984-1994) | Started 158 of 166 Games

  4. Kevin Mawae (1998-2005) | Started 118 of 118 Games | 6x Pro-Bowl (99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04) | 2x All-Pro (99, 01) | Hall of Fame All-2000s Team | Hall of Fame Class 2019


DE: Mark Gastineau (1979-1988)

9 FR | 107.5 Sk | Led League in Sk 1983 and 1984 (19, 22) | 5x Pro-Bowl (81, 82, 83, 84, 85) | 3x All-Pro (82, 83, 84)


Here's another player who should have bust in Canton. Mark Gastineau is one of the best pass rushers in NFL history, hands down. Gastineau had 10 or more sacks in five seasons and twice had more than 20 sacks in a single season. He led the league in sacks in 1983 and 1984 and his 22 sacks in 1984 are one half a sack less than the most ever. He's the franchise leader in sacks and was voted to five Pro-Bowls and three All-Pro Teams.


DE: Gerry Philbin (1964-1972)

1 Int | 7 FR | 65 Sk | Led League in Sk 1968 (14) | 2x Pro-Bowl (68, 69) | 2x All-Pro (68, 69) | AFL All-1960s Team

We're going back to the great teams of the 1960s for the other defensive end position. Gerry Philbin had over 10 sacks in four seasons and led the league in sacks in 1968 with 14. He was named to the Pro-Bowl and All-Pro Teams in both 1968 and 1969 and was named to the AFL All-1960s Team.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Verlon Biggs (1965-1970) | 1 Int | 6 FR | 58.5 Sk | Led League in Sk 1966 (12.5) | 3x Pro-Bowl (66, 67, 68)

  2. Marvin Washington (1989-1996) | 1 Int | 10 FF | 2 FR | 37.5 Sk | 417 Tackles

  3. John Abraham (2000-2005) | 19 FF | 5 FR | 53.5 Sk | 283 Tackles | 55 TFL | Led League FF 2001 (6) | 3x Pro-Bowl (01, 02, 04) | 1x All-Pro (01)

  4. Shaun Ellis (2000-2010) | 1 Int | 13 FF | 5 FR | 72.5 Sk | 574 Tackles | 80 TFL | 2x Pro-Bowl (03, 09)

  5. Muhammad Wilkerson (2011-2017) | 2 Int | 11 FF | 1 FR | 44.5 Sk | 405 Tackles | 71 TFL | 1x Pro-Bowl (15)

  6. Sheldon Richardson (2013-2016) | 5 FF | 3 FR | 18 Sk | 242 Tackles | 40 TFL | 1x Pro-Bowl (14) | 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year

  7. Leonard Williams (2015-2019) | 1 Int | 2 FF | 17 Sk | 220 Tackles | 32 TFL | 1x Pro-Bowl (16)


DT: Joe Klecko (1977-1987)

8 FR | 78 Sk | Led League in Sk 1981 (20.5) | 4x Pro-Bowl (81, 83, 84, 85) | 2x All-Pro (81, 85)


Here's another defender for the Jets who doesn't get enough love from Hall of Fame voters. Joe Klecko spent 11 seasons with the Jets from 1977-1987 and racked up 78 sacks. He had at least 10 sacks in two seasons and led the league in 1981 with 20.5 sacks. Klecko was named to four Pro-Bowls and one All-Pro Team.


DT: John Elliott (1967-1973)

4 FR | 38.5 Sk | 3x Pro-Bowl (68, 69, 70) | 1x All-Pro (69)


I'm going with John Elliott at the other defensive tackle position. Noticing a trend here? He's another player from the 1960s. Elliott racked up just under 40 sacks during his seven seasons in New York and was voted to the Pro-Bowl three straight times from 1968-1970. He was also named to the All-Pro Team in 1969.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Marty Lyons (1979-1989) | 8 FR | 43 Sk | 1984 Walter Payton Man of the Year

  2. Scott Mersereau (1987-1993) | 3 Int | 3 FR | 19 Sk

  3. Jason Ferguson (1997-2004) | 6 FF | 1 FR | 20.5 Sk | 374 Tackles | 18 TFL


LB: Larry Grantham (1960-1972)

24 Int | 10 FR | 37.5 Sk | 5x Pro-Bowl (62, 63, 64, 66, 69) | 5x All-Pro (60, 61, 62, 63, 64) | AFL All-1960s Team

Larry Grantham is easily the best linebacker in Jet's history. He intercepted 24 passes and racked up 37.5 sacks during his 13 seasons in New York. Grantham was named to five Pro-Bowls, Five All-Pro Teams, the AFL All-1960s Team and won a Super Bowl in 1968. How exactly is he not in the Hall of Fame?


LB: Mo Lewis (1991-2003)

14 Int | 26 FF | 13 FR | 52.5 Sk | 1,232 Tackles | 37 TFL | 3x Pro-Bowl (98, 99, 00) | 1x All-Pro (98)


Mo Lewis was a stud with the Jets for 13 seasons. He intercepted 14 passes, forced 26 fumbles and racked up over 50 sacks and 1,200 tackles. He was named to three straight Pro-Bowls from 1998-2000 and the All-Pro Team in 1998.


LB: Kyle Clifton (1984-1996)

12 Int | 13 FF | 15 FR | 5.5 Sk | 1,484 Tackles | Led League in Tackles 1985, 1986 and 1988 (160, 174, 162)


I'm going with Kyle Clifton at the final linebacker spot. He was the tackling king during his 13 seasons in New York. Clifton had eight seasons of over 110 tackles and led the league in tackles three different times. His 1,484 tackles are the franchise record and the 10th most in NFL History. Clifton somehow was never named to a Pro-Bowl or All-Pro Team.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Ralph Baker (1964-1974) | 19 Int | 2 FR | 14 Sk

  2. Al Atkinson (1965-1974) | 21 Int | 2 FR | 7 Sk | 1x Pro-Bowl (68)

  3. John Ebersole (1970-1977) | 8 Int | 11 FR | 3.5 Sk

  4. Greg Buttle (1976-1984) | 15 Int | 8 FR | 9.5 Sk

  5. Lance Mehl (1980-1987) | 15 Int | 5 FR | 15 Sk | 1x Pro-Bowl (85)

  6. Marvin Jones (1993-2003) | 5 Int | 9 FF | 8 FR | 9 Sk | 1,029 Tackles | 25 TFL

  7. Bryan Thomas (2002-2012) | 6 FF | 6 FR | 33.5 Sk | 455 Tackles | 67 TFL

  8. Jonathan Vilma (2004-2007) | 6 Int | 5 FF | 3 FR | 2.5 Sk | 440 Tackles | 17 TFL | Led League in Tackles 2005 (173) | Led League in Solo Tackles 2005 (128) | 1x Pro-Bowl (05)

  9. David Harris (2007-2016) | 6 Int | 10 FF | 4 FR | 35 Sk | 1,088 Tackles | 55 TFL

  10. Calvin Pace (2008-2015) | 2 Int | 16 FF | 7 FR | 46 Sk | 428 Tackles | 65 TFL


CB: Darrell Revis (2007-2012, 2015-2016)

25 Int | 1 FF | 10 FR | 1 Sk | 388 Tackles | 4 TFL | 5x Pro-Bowl (08, 09, 10, 11, 15) | 3x All-Pro (09, 10. 11) | Hall of Fame All-2010s Team


Of course, the great Darrell Revis is first up at corner for the All-Time Jets. Revis intercepted 25 passes during his eight seasons in New York. He's easily one of the best lockdown corners in NFL history and often times quarterbacks would simply refuse to throw it his way. Revis was named to five Pro-Bowls, three All-Pro Teams and the Hall of Fame All-2010s Team. He will most certainly be a Hall of Famer once he becomes eligible.


CB: Aaron Glenn (1994-2001)

24 Int | 5 FF | 6 FR | 396 Tackles | 2 TFL | 2x Pro-Bowl (97, 98)


Aaron Glenn will man down the other side of the field. He spent eight seasons in New York and intercepted 24 passes, including a career high six interceptions in 1998. Glenn was voted to the Pro-Bowl in both 1997 and 1998.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Bobby Jackson (1978-1985) | 21 Int | 3 FR

  2. James Hasty (1988-1994) | 24 Int | 6 FF | 18 FR | 4 Sk | 502 Tackles

  3. Ty Law (2005, 2008) | 10 Int | 1 FF | 1 FR | 81 Tackles | 2 TFL | Led League in Int 2005 (10) | 1x Pro-Bowl (05) | Hall of Fame All-200s Team | Hall of Fame Class 2019

  4. Antonio Cromartie (2010-2013, 2015) | 13 Int | 2 FF | 2 FR | 189 Tackles | 3 TFL | 2x Pro-Bowl (12, 13)


S: Dainard Paulson (1961-1966)

29 Int | 0.5 Sk | Led League in Int 1964 (12) | 2x Pro-Bowl (64, 65)


First up at safety is Dainard Paulson. Paulson only spent six seasons with the Jets, but he managed to intercept 29 passes, including an absurd 12 interceptions in 1964. He was named to the Pro-Bowl in 1964 and 1965. Paulson had a short career, but his dominance lands him a spot here.


S: Victor Green (1993-2001)

24 Int | 7 FF | 13 FR | 7 Sk | 859 Tackles | 8 TFL | Led League in Tackles 1996 (165) | Led League in Solo Tackles 1996 (123)


Victor Green is the other safety for this All-Time Team. He intercepted 24 passes during his nine-year career in New York. Along with being a ballhawk, Green was also a great tackler. He totaled over 800 tackles with the Jets and even led the league in tackles in 1996. Green was surprisingly never named to the Pro-Bowl or All-Pro Team.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Bill Baird (1963-1969) | 34 Int | 1 Sk

  2. Ken Schroy (1977-1984) | 16 Int | 11 FR | 4 Sk

  3. Erik McMillan (1988-1992) | 22 Int | 6 FR | 5 Sk | 2x Pro-Bowl (88, 89) | 1988 Defensive Rookie of the Year

  4. Jamal Adams (2017-2019) | 2 Int | 6 FF | 4 FR | 12 Sk | 273 Tackles | 28 TFL | 2x Pro-Bowl (18, 19) | 1x All-Pro (19)


K: Pat Leahy (1974-1991)

71.4 FG% | 55 Long | 1,470 Points | 1x All-Pro (78)


Pat Leahy is the franchise leader in points, and he gets the nod here. He made over 70% of his field goals and played in more games than anyone else in Jet's history. He was named to his lone All-Pro Team in 1978. Jim Turner was a close second here and was even named to the AFL All-1960s Team, but Leahy's longevity and better field goal percentage gives him the edge.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Jim Turner (1964-1970) | 59.5 FG% | 50 Long | 697 Points | Led League in Points 1968 and 1969 (145, 129) | Led League in FGM 1968 and 1969 (34, 32) | 2x Pro-Bowl (68, 69) | AFL All-1960s Team

  2. Nick Folk (2010-2016) | 82.2 FG% | 56 Long | 729 Points


P: Tom Tupa (1999-2001)

9,948 Punt Yds | 70 Long | 43.1 Yds/Punt | Led League in 1999 (70) | 1x Pro-Bowl (99) | 1x All-Pro (99)


I'm going with Tom Tupa at punter even though he only spent three seasons with the Jets. Normally I would go with someone who spent a longer time with the team, but Tupa averaged over 43 yards per punt with the Jets and was named to the Pro-Bowl and All-Pro Team in 1999. Tupa even played quarterback for the Jets when Vinny Testaverde got hurt, so that gives him bonus points as well.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Curley Johnson (1961-1968) | 22,718 Punt Yds | 73 Long | 42.5 Yds/Punt | 1x Pro-Bowl (65)

  2. Chuck Ramsey (1977-1984) | 22,128 Punt Yds | 79 Long | 40 Yds/Punt


Returner: Bruce Harper (1977-1984)

1,784 Punt Rt Yds | 1 Punt Rt TD | 9.7 Yds/Punt Rt | 5,407 Kick Rt Yds | 22.3 Yds/Kick Rt | Led League in Punt Rt TD 1978 (1) | Led League in Punt Rt Long 1978 (82) | Led League in Kick Rt Yds 1977, 1978 and 1979 (1,035, 1,280, 1,158)


Bruce Harper is the returner for this All-Time Team. He had over 1,700 punt return yards and over 5,000 kick return yards. It's his kick return ability that gives him the edge over the others. Harper led the league in kick return yards three straight times from 1977-1979. He also led the league in punt return long and touchdowns in 1978. Harper also twice led the league in all-purpose yards. I almost went with Leon Washington and his four kick return touchdowns, but I give Harper the slight edge.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Justin Miller (2005-2009) | 3,066 Kick Rt Yds | 3 Kick Rt TD | 26.9 Yds/Kick Rt | Led League in Kick Rt TD 2006 (2) | Led League in Kick Rt Long 2006 (103) | Led League in Yds/Kick Rt 2006 (28.3) | 1x Pro-Bowl (06)

  2. Leon Washington (2006-2009) | 599 Punt Rt Yds | 9.4 Yds/Punt Rt | 2,986 Kick Rt Yds | 4 Kick Rt TD | 25.5 Yds/Kick Rt | Led League in Kick Rt TD 2007 (3) | 1x Pro-Bowl (08) | 1x All-Pro (08)


Head Coach: Weeb Ewbank (1963-1973)

Regular Season: 71-77-6 | 48 W-L% | Playoffs: 2-1 | 1968 Super Bowl Champion | Hall of Fame Class 1978


Finally, we come to the head coach. Weeb Ewbank is the only real choice. Under Ewbank the Jets had three winning seasons and of course won the Super Bowl in 1968. Ewbank was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Bill Parcells (1997-1999) | Regular Season: 29-19 | 60.4 W-L% | Playoffs: 1-1 | Hall of Fame Class 2013

  2. Herm Edwards (2001-2005) | Regular Season: 39-41 | 48.8 W-L% | Playoffs: 2-3

  3. Rex Ryan (2009-2014) | Regular Season: 46-50 | 47.9 W-L% | Playoffs: 4-2

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