Camp Fun Facts
For Jets fans, Father Time always seems to linger a bit longer in the spring and summer months. It's not only because of the beautiful Long Island beaches, Jersey shorelines, or hustle and bustle of city life; it's due to the incomparable passion and anxiousness of the Green & White Faithful.
With the passing of each humid day, Jets fans feel that much closer to being able to watch their beloved Jets battle it out. Since their four-point home field victory over Buffalo on New Year's Day, Jets Nation has been yearning for more. This Friday – perhaps a holy day to some – will be the first time the Jets dust off their pads after an excruciating 208 days off. That's right, it has only been 208 days since the last time we witnessed the Jets in real action.
Other ways to look at this leave of absence are:
- 17,971,200 seconds of apprehension.
- 299,520 minutes of exhilaration.
- 4,992 hours of panic.
- Or most importantly, six months and 27 days of preparation.
Here are few more interesting notes as we head into camp:
- The Jets roster consists of 90 total players, with 31 of the newest players coming on as either drafted rookies, rookie free agent signees, or first year players fresh off a 2006 NFL Europe season. There are also 12 new veteran players that were nabbed by trade or free agency this off-season.
- Players on the current roster with the longest NFL tenure are as follows: Kimo von Oelhoffen (13 years), Curtis Martin (12 years), and Pete Kendall and Ray Mickens (11 years each). Not to be overshadowed, Ben Graham has spent 15 seasons in professional sports, with 13 of them coming in the Australian Football League.
- Those who have been on the Jets roster the longest are Ray Mickens (ten years), Curtis Martin (nine years), Shaun Ellis and Chad Pennington (seven years each), and James Dearth (six years).
- Von Oelhoffen also proves to the team's elder statesman, as he was born on January 30, 1971, making him 35 years old. Currently, the youngest Jets player is Bronx native Deqawn Mobley, who was born on July 17, 1984, making him 22 years young.
- Tui Alailefaleula and his 13-lettered surname will prove to be the most lengthy to stitch onto a Jets uniform this season, while Ben Moa and his three digit tag is the team's most compact last name.
- In addition to his lengthy last name, Alailefaleula's playing weight of 350 pounds currently stands as the squad's heaviest, an exact double of the team's lightest player, CB Drew Coleman and his 175 pound frame.
- The Jets have three players standing 5'8" (Mickens, Tim Dwight, and Leon Washington), while the tallest players are Ed Blanton at 6'9" followed by Anthony Clement at 6'8".
- In the battle of this season's alma-matar supremacy, there is a four-way tie for first place between Ohio State (Nick Mangold, Anthony Schlegel, Mike Nugent), Tennessee (Ellis, Cedric Houston, Trey Teague), Utah (Andre Dyson, Moa, Sione Pouha) and Virginia (D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Brennan Schmidt, Monsanto Pope).
The first of seven two-a-days for the Jets is set for Friday with workouts scheduled for both 8:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. A week later, the Jets will hold an open practice at the Meadowlands which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 5. For a complete schedule for camp – including events and giveaways – you can click here now! And if you have any more camp questions, make sure to visit our FAQ page.
The long wait is over and the season is finally upon us. From everyone here at Week Ewbank Hall, we'll be looking forward to seeing our fanatical followers here at Hofstra in the coming weeks for some great football action.