With the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony set for this weekend, my thoughts drift to my beloved Jets and the players they have placed in the Hall of Fame and the players that may some day be enshrined in Canton.
There are three true Jets that have been inducted into the Hall of Fame; Joe Namath, Weeb Ewbank and Don Maynard. The Pro Football Hall of Fame lists six former Jets although I don't include John Riggins, Ronnie Lott or Art Monk since they played the majority of their careers elsewhere.
Of course, there are a number of former Jets that should someday be inducted to join the exclusive club. Curtis Martin, Joe Klecko and Kevin Mawae should be inducted someday.
What I am most interested in though are those former Jets that will probably never be enshrined in Canton but will always hold a special place in my heart and the hearts on many New York Jets fans.
These two words are the most often uttered words by long-time New York Jets fans. "What if we had drafted Marino?" "What if the field had been covered before the Mud Bowl in 1982?" "What if Todd hadn't thrown that interception against the Bills in 1981?" "What if we had never hired Rich Kotite?"
With the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies coming up, I can't help but think about my personal Top 5 New York Jets that make my "Hall of Very What if."
All of these players were talented players that will never make the HOF but each of them had the talent to make it if not for the dreaded "what if?"