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The third of the four first-round draft picks in 2000, Chad Pennington has been one of the better quarterbacks in franchise history.
Pennington was immediately a fan favorite when he took the helm during the 2002 season. After taking over midseason after the team's 1-4 start, Pennington led the Jets to a 9-7 record and the AFC East division title.
He completed 68,9 percent of his passes for 3,120 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions and had a franchise-best 104.2 quarterback rating.
Pennington once again led the team to the playoffs in the 2004 season, but came up short in the divisional game against the Steelers.
After missing the bulk of the 2005 season due to injury, Pennington returned to form, leading the team to the playoffs once again and being named Comeback Player of the Year.
Pennington was cut by the Jets after they acquired Brett Favre prior to the start of the 2008 season.
One thing Jets fans could never forgot was Pennington's leadership, poise, accuracy and intelligence of the game. Easily one of the top five most memorable Jets in franchise history.
After the 2006 season, Pennington seemed to wear out his welcome in New York as fans began wanting a change behind center.
In his eight seasons with the Jets, Pennington passed for 13,738 yards and 81 touchdowns with a 65.6 completion percentage in 1,919 attempts.