This is a slide show commemorating my favorite ten New York Jets that are not in the Hall of Fame. These are my favorite 10 players to ever wear a Jets uniform and I believe they were not recognized fully for all of their contributions.
They may not have been selected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame, but they are hall of famers in my book.
Wayne Chrebet was nicknamed "Mr. 3rd Down" because of his knack of always coming up with huge catches on 3rd down.
He is a New York native and an absolute fan favorite, and one of my favorite Jets ever.
Chad Pennington was one of the more injured Jets quarterbacks ever, but may have been the toughest. Pennington did not have a rocket arm, but he could put the ball exactly where he wanted to put it.
Battling injury after injury, Pennington was pretty successful as a Jet, leading them to a Division Championship game and another playoff appearance.
Even though he is now a member of the hated Dolphins, there is always a place in a jets fan heart for Pennington, and I would take him back in a minute.
A staple on the Jets Offensive line from 1996-2002, Jumbo Elliot was an excellent blocker and opened up many holes for Jets' backs to scurry through. He is most famous for his game tying touchdown reception against the Dolphins on Monday Night Football that sent the game into overtime.
The Jets were down 30-7 starting the 4th Quarter, and Jumbo's surprise reception in the end zone sent it to overtime. The Jets would come out victorious 40-37 in overtime.
Being the longest tenured Jet in the teams history, Mo Lewis was as solid a middle linebacker as they come. Making tackle after tackle, Mo was always in the middle of the Jets defense in the 90's and early 2000s.
He was only selected to two Pro Bowls over his career, which I feel was much less than he deserved. Mo is famous for "starting the career of Tom Brady," because he sacked the Patriots starting quarterback at the time, Drew Bledsoe, and injured him.
With Bledsoe out, Brady jumped to on scene and has not looked back ever since, to the dismay of all Jets fans.
The only player in Jets history to have started games at quarterback and had also been the punter, is Tom Tupa. Tupa was an exceptional punter and field goal holder, in addition to being a backup quarterback.
He has 12 career passing touchdowns. How can you not root for a guy who is a quarterback and punter? He did it all.
Ray Lucas was the backup quarterback to Vinny Testaverde. With Testaverde being injury prone, we saw Lucas every now and then. Most notably for Lucas led the Jets to a respectable 8-8 mark in 1999, after they started out 1-6.
Unable to really make a big splash on the field, Lucas currently is a fantastic reporter for SNY.
"Little" Leon Washington. Leon has been a backup running back since he was drafted in 2006, but has turned himself into one of the Jets most important players. He is one of the best kickoff/punt returners in all of football.
His size gives him the quickness and agility he needs to make himself one of the most dynamic players in the game to watch. Every time he gets his hands on the ball, he has a chance to take it to the house.
This man is the epitome of "Unsung Hero." Relieving Vinny Testaverde and Quincy Carter after rough injuries, Brooks Bollinger showed all Jets fans how tough he really was.
Playing behind a disgusting offensive line, he took a ravaged beating, but hung in there. I always wondered why his name was pluralized, and now I have come to my conclusion.
He is named "Brooks" because he was a 2 sport professional athlete. Not many people are aware, but Brooks was drafted by the Dodgers in 2000, but decided to play football.
As a centerpiece of the Jets defense from 1995-1997, Hugh Douglas was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1995. There was not a tackle this man could not make.
Being selected to three Pro Bowls after leaving the Jets, Hugh still amassed 80 sacks over his career, but never really got much recognition for his play on the field.
Every Jets fan remember good ole' Boomer Esiason. Boomer is the NFL's leader in passing yards for a lefty.
Though the Jets were not successful in his tenure with the team, his stats were all respectable. He fought through hard times with the team as they struggled to win games.