Character, passion, decibel level, vertical jump, lung strength — these are all the characteristics the Jets were looking for in the one individual to lead the team out of the Meadowlands tunnel before Sunday's Fan Appreciation Day game against the division rival Buffalo Bills.
Or as head coach Rex Ryan says, an "every-down player" who "is going to be critical to the success of our team."
And after a painstaking search, the winner of the Join the Jets Sweepstakes is (drum roll) ... Curt Gandolfo from Raritan, N.J.
Gandolfo will get the distinct pleasure of putting on the pads and the green and white uniform and of leading all 53 Jets players and their coaches through the tunnel and onto the field before a full house of wildly cheering fans.
So when you see No. 09 ahead of the pack, it's not a new Jets player. It's your fellow fan, Curt.