The best of the best to ever wear a Jets uniform and call the Polo Grounds, Shea Stadium, Giants Stadium or MetLife Stadium home, were recognized prior to New York’s October 13 game against Dallas.
As part of the NFL 100 celebration, the Jets asked their fans to vote for an all-time team. Twenty-six players were selected, including Pro Football Hall of Famers Joe Namath, Don Maynard and Curtis Martin.
“It’s special because you realize that you’re only one of a few,” said Martin, the Jets’ all-time leading rusher, who was with the team for eight seasons from 1998-05. “And to be the one running back that they chose to be on the all-time team, I mean, it’s a tremendous honor.”
Nick Mangold felt honored, as well. Anchoring the offensive line at center for 11 seasons from 2006-16, he was a two-time All-Pro and selected to play in seven Pro Bowls.
“It’s very special. To have the fans vote me on this team, it’s something that hits close to home,” said Mangold, who was chosen in the first round of the 2006 Draft. “Hearing about it, getting the call, to be that well thought of by the fans is something special to me. My family and I have really embraced being here in the tri-state area, and to have that thrown back to me with this all-time team, it was pretty special.”
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Offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who was also selected in the first round of the 2006 Draft, battled alongside Mangold for 10 seasons. Given that, it seems natural that the duo would share the recognition of being on the Jets all-time team.
“The fact that we are in this space together, it just feels right,” said Ferguson, who played in three Pro Bowls. “I’m just happy to have not only Nick Mangold, but David Harris, Leon (Washington), Darrelle Revis, these are all guys that I played with (also be on the all-time team). We had some really successful teams when I played with these guys, so it’s just great that everybody can just embrace this time together.
“It’s a true honor to be playing on the offensive line with so many greats – Winston Hill, (Jim Sweeney, Randy Rasmussen). The team is comprised of many generations of Jets football, and I’m just honored to be a part of that.”
A member of the all-time team’s linebacker corps with Greg Buttle and Mo Lewis, David Harris spent 10 seasons with the Jets from 2007-16, totaling 1,087 combined tackles, 35 sacks and six interceptions.
“I was stunned (to learn I made the team) to tell you the truth,” Harris said. “So many great Jet players have come though this stadium, and to be picked out as one of those guys, it meant a lot. It showed that all my hard work and the way I played didn’t go unnoticed.
“I’ve been honored and humbled to be associated with this team. And to able to see all the Jets greats, names I saw every day walking in the building in the halls, it’s just a huge honor and a pleasure to be here.”
Rounding out the Jets all-time team are wide receivers Wesley Walker, Al Toon and Wayne Chrebet; tight end Mickey Shuler; defensive linemen Marty Lyons, Joe Klecko, Mark Gastineau and John Abraham; defensive backs Victor Green, Aaron Glenn and James Hasty; kicker Pat Leahy; and punter, Tom Tupa.