New York Jets: The Best Player to Wear Each Jersey Number from 1-99

Rocco Constantino@@br_jets_reportContributor IAugust 9, 2012

New York Jets: The Best Player to Wear Each Jersey Number from 1-99

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    Despite a Super Bowl drought that is now into its fourth decade, the Jets have had a number of incredible players in their franchise's history.  

    Curtis Martin just joined Joe Namath and Don Maynard in the Hall of Fame, and there could be a number of Jets to gain enshrinement sometime down the line.

    Besides the superstars, there have also been role players, local heroes, tough guys and supreme talents who have given the Jets the identity they have carried over the years.  

    They are players who may never make the Hall of Fame, but who have a solid place in Jets history.

    One of the things that fans can identify those players with is their jersey number.

    Of course, everyone knows No. 12 means Joe Namath and No. 73 is Joe Klecko, but you don't have to be a Hall of Fame-level player to make an impact with your jersey number.

    Numbers like 88, 80, 16 and 99 stand out in franchise history. 

    This slideshow takes things one step further though. It picks the best Jets player to wear every jersey number from 1-99.  

    Using the Jets all-time numerical roster from, here's a look at the best Jets by number from 1960-2012.


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    1 Mike Nugent: As with a lot of the low numbers, there's slim pickings with uniform No. 1. Only five players have ever worn No. 1, and only Nugent and Mike Adamle did so for more than one year. While Nugent never lived up to his ridiculous draft position (second round pick, No. 47 overall), he did have some minimal success in an up-and-down career as a Jet.

    2 Nick Folk: Folk may have had to compete for his roster spot this year, but he wins this spot the way Nugent did his. Folk is the first player since 1963 to wear No. 2 for more than one season.

    3 Jay Feely: The Jets should have never gotten rid of Feely, who was a reliable kicker and willing tackler on special teams. The Jets would love to have back the 84 percent field goal accuracy he had during his two-year stint as a Jet.

    4 Brett Favre: Out of all the players to wear No. 4 for the Jets, Favre had the biggest impact, even if it was for just one season. His horrendous finish aside, Favre was a Pro Bowl quarterback in 2008, and after consecutive road wins against the Patriots and then-undefeated Titans, he had the Jets on top of the football world after 11 weeks. 

    5 Pat Leahy: Not many Jets have worn No. 5 because Leahy monopolized the number for 18 years. The all-time leading scorer in Jets history still ranks No. 20 in points in NFL history. Amazingly, he never had a kick blocked in his career.

    6 Mark Sanchez: Four road playoff wins and two AFC championship games already make Sanchez one of the top five quarterbacks in Jets history. Bubby Brister or Doug Brien certainly weren't going get consideration here. 

    7 Ken O'Brien: The top Jets quarterback not named Joe Namath, O'Brien threw for 124 touchdowns over his nine-year Jets career. He led the NFL in passer rating in 1985 and is one of just seven quarterbacks in NFL history to have multiple games with a perfect passer rating.

    8 Nick Lowery: Before coming to the Jets as a 38-year-old veteran, Lowery had an All-Pro career over 15 seasons in Kansas City. Only five other players wore No. 8 for the Jets, including Browning Nagle and Mark Brunell. 

    9 John Hall: Hall makes this list on the strength of his 53-yard field goal with less than a minute left in the 2001 season to send the Jets to the playoffs. That, and because three of the other four players to ever wear No. 9 were backup quarterbacks.

    10 Chad Pennington: Jersey No. 10 is the first one that featured a number of significant players for the Jets.  Aside from his blowup at the end of the 2011 season, Santonio Holmes has already had an impact on the franchise.  

    Pat Ryan was a long-time backup quarterback to O'Brien and Richard Todd. But Pennington gets the nod easily.  A fan favorite for his toughness and smarts, Pennington led the NFL with a 104.2 quarterback rating in 2002 and threw for 82 touchdowns in eight years as a Jet. 


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    11 Jim Turner: Turner was the leading scorer in Super Bowl III, kicking for 10 straight points to help the Jets to a 16-7 win. Turner led the NFL in field goals twice in his seven years as a Jet. He moved on to the Broncos and eventually ended up in their Ring of Fame.

    12 Joe Namath: Although they didn't officially retire his number until 1985, nobody wore No. 12 after Namath left the Jets for the Rams in 1976. Before Namath, quarterback Al Dorow wore No. 12 for the New York Titans during the franchise's first two seasons and was an outstanding player. But, no question this number belongs to Broadway Joe.

    13 Don Maynard: Only two players have ever wore No. 13 in Jets history—Maynard and Dave Jennings. Maynard was Namath's favorite weapon and an original member of the New York Titans.

    In fact, the Pro Football Hall of Famer was the first player to ever sign with the Titans. Maynard's No. 13 was the second number retired in Jets history, behind just Namath. 

    14 Richard Todd: Todd may have never reached the heights predicted for him as the heir-apparent to Namath, but he had his moments. Todd threw 110 touchdowns as a Jet, but also a maddening 138 interceptions.  

    He did lead the Jets to the 1982 AFC Championship Game, so that lands him on this list ahead of Neil O'Donnell—the only other contributor to wear No. 14.

    15 Chuck Ramsey: While eight different players have worn No. 15 for the Jets, only Ramsey had a significant contribution. The erstwhile punter of the late 1970s and early '80s had an eight-year Jets career.

    16 Vinny Testaverde: Vinny from Elmont spent seven years with the Jets, the longest stint of any team in his career. His season in 1998 was one of the best seasons a quarterback ever had. 

    17 Braylon Edwards: No. 17 has been somewhat of a bad luck number for the Jets as 12 players had worn it before Edwards made the biggest impact wearing it. He may have only played in less than two seasons with the team, but he was a key part in both of the Jets' recent runs to the AFC championship game.

    18 Ray Lucas This one may be cheating a little as Lucas wore No. 6 when he made his great run as a starting quarterback in 1999. When he first came to the Jets, he wore No. 18 for one season.  

    If Lucas wasn't used here, this spot would have gone to Al Woodall, a backup to Namath who had a 5-14 record as a starter. Lucas earns the nod for leading the Jets to an inspired 6-3 record as a starter after Testaverde went down, and Rick Mirer failed in 1999.  

    19 Keyshawn Johnson: Johnson was only with the Jets for four seasons, but made the Pro Bowl in two of those years. Johnson was not your typical diva wide receiver. He excelled in blocking and actually took great pride in doing a lot of little things that went unnoticed. The No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft had 305 catches and 31 touchdowns over four seasons. 

    20 Thomas Jones: When Rex Ryan took over as head coach of the Jets, he promised a ground-and-pound offense, and Jones was the guy doing the pounding. Jones averaged 310 carries and just about 1,300 yards during his three-year run as a Jet. He scored 29 touchdowns in his final two seasons on the team.


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    21 Victor Green: Green became a fan favorite as a Jet first for his special teams play, then for his relentless tackling as the team's starting safety. Green has been the Jets' best tackling safety in recent memory, twice registering over 100 solo tackles in a season. He is a member of the Jets All-Time Four Decade Team.

    22 Erik McMillan: Just as fast as McMillan burst onto the scene in the late 1980s, he was gone. McMillan was a play-making safety with a knack for the big interception before falling out of shape not long into his Jets career. However, at his peak, he was the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl performer.

    23 Shonn Greene: Sixteen players wore No. 23 before Greene, but none were featured players for any length of time. Greene certainly has his detractors, but if you give the running back a hole, he's going to hit it hard and get his yards. He topped the 1,000-yard mark in 2011 and has been a key postseason performer for the Jets 

    24 Darrelle Revis: This may have been the toughest decision on the board. Two of the great players in franchise history, Revis and Freeman McNeil, both wore No. 24. While McNeil is the team's second-leading rusher of all time, there was never a time when he was discussed as a future Hall of Fame player.  

    McNeil played 12 seasons on the Jets to Revis' five, but Revis is playing on a level that very few Jets have at any position.

    25 Kerry Rhodes: Rhodes may not be the type of player who fits into Rex Ryan's style of play, but the fact remains that the team hasn't had as good a safety as Rhodes since he left.  

    26 Erik Coleman: Since 1960, 23 different players have worn No. 26 for the Jets and not a single one has been an impact player. Coleman did well as a safety in his four years as a Jet, teaming up Rhodes to give the team a solid deep tandem in the secondary.

    27 Jerald Sowell: As I did with Ray Lucas, this one is a little bit of a cheat as Sowell switched from 27 to 33 after his rookie season. However, if we didn't bend the rules here, we'd be looking at Russell Carter as the best Jet to wear No. 27. Sowell was a terrific role player for the Jets for eight years, thriving as a fullback and special teams ace.

    28 Curtis Martin: Ten players wore No. 28 before Martin, and none will wear it after him. The recent inductee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame was as tough and classy a player as there has been in the NFL. Martin will rightfully have his number retired this year and will go down as one of the great Jets of all time.

    29 Bake Turner: There have been some good Jets to wear No. 29 over the years, like Adrian Murrell, Leon Washington and Johnny Lynn, but the nod here goes to Turner. A member of the Jets from back in the AFL days, Turner was a dangerous return man and split end who made the AFL All-Star Game after catching 71 balls for 1,009 yards in 1963.  

    30 Brad Baxter: As much as I'd like to give this honor to Nuu Faaola, there's no denying Baxter was the best Jet to ever wear No. 30. Baxter left no question about his game plan as a running back. He was going to take the ball, run straight ahead, and too bad for you, if you were in the way.  

    His best season came in 1991 when he rushed for 666 yards and 11 touchdowns.


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    31 Bill Mathis: For the entire existence of the AFL, Bill Mathis wore No. 31 for the New York Titans and then Jets. Mathis was one of the early stars of the AFL as he led the league with 202 rushing attempts and was a first-team AFL All-Star in just his second season.  

    32 Emerson Boozer: One of the stars of the great Jets of the late 1960s, Boozer played 10 seasons for the Jets after being picked in the sixth round of the 1966 AFL draft. After Boozer retired, no Jets player wore No. 32 for 15 years, until Blair Thomas came along.

    33 Curley Johnson: In all honesty, Jerald Sowell was the best Jet to wear No. 33, but he was used for No. 27 already, so this distinction falls to Johnson, who played punter and running back for eight seasons in the 1960s.

    34 Johnny Hector: Hector was an underrated Jet who made a nice career mostly playing second fiddle to Freeman McNeil. Hector played for 10 seasons and racked up 4,280 yards rushing and 1,661 yards receiving. Walt Michaels, who would later go on to coach the Jets, also wore No. 34 during his one season as a player on the team in 1963.

    35 Mike Augustyniak: Of the 15 players who have worn No. 35 for the Jets, 10 of them played just one season for the franchise. Augustyniak gets the nod over B.J. Askew for honors even though both were similar players. Both did a good job as a fullback on some good Jets teams, but Augustyniak was more of a threat in the running game.   

    36 Jim Leonhard: Leonhard was the leader on the defense during his short career as a New York Jet. He's one of those players whose value is seen most when he's missing. Unfortunately, during his final two seasons, the Jets learned that the hard way.

    37 George Nock: In 1970, Nock carried the ball 135 times for 405 yards and five touchdowns. Incredibly, that makes him the most productive player to ever wear No. 37 for the Jets. Other luminaries who have donned the number include Jo Jo Heath, Darian Barnes and the recently released Tracy Wilson.

    38 John Connor: As with No. 37, there haven't been that many Jets to wear No. 38. In 2012, Connor will become just the fourth Jet to wear the number for more than two seasons. The others include Jon McGraw, George Floyd and Ed Taylor.

    39 Johnny Johnson: For some reason, only four Jets have worn No. 39 over the past 30 years. Johnny Johnson did it the best as the team's premiere running back in 1993 and 1994.

    He ran for 1,752 yards combined while also sharing time with Brad Baxter and Blair Thomas among others. After two seasons with the Jets, he was out of the league for good at age 26.

    40 James Hasty: Hasty was a hit-or-miss cornerback for the Jets who flourished when he left the team for Kansas City. He played for seven seasons with the Jets before leaving in 1994. Bobby Jackson also wore the number well from 1978-1985.


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    41 Matt Snell: Some may argue that Snell should have been the MVP of Super Bowl III. While that may be up for debate, what is a stone-cold lock is that Snell was the best Jet to ever wear No. 41.  

    In fact, after Snell left the Jets, no player wore that number for 26 years. In 1998 and 2006, the number was worn by Keith Byars and Jamar Martin respectively. Interestingly, Snell, Byars and Martin all played for Ohio State.   

    42 Bruce Harper: No. 42 was worn for the Jets by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and is currently worn by Fireman Ed, but when you ask Jets fans who they think of when the number is mentioned, it's Harper.  

    Harper was a tremendous talent who was dangerous in all facets of the offense and special teams. He frequently ranked among the league's best in all-purpose yards and still remains close to the franchise.

    43 John Dockery: Only five Jets have ever worn No. 43, and none have done so since it was shamed by Vance Joseph in 1995. Dockery gets the honors mainly for his play in 1969 when he had five interceptions as part of an excellent Jets defense.  The number was also worn by draft bust Roger Vick.

    44 John Riggins: An easy choice here as Riggins got a start on his Hall of Fame career with five seasons in the green and white. He rushed for 3,880 and 25 touchdowns over that time and made the only Pro Bowl of his career as a Jet in 1975.

    45 Dick Christy: Amazingly, 13 players have worn No. 45 since Christy retired in 1963, and outside of some decent play from Otis Smith, not a single player made any kind of contribution to the team. Christy had his best year in 1962 when he made the AFL All-Star game after leading the league in all-purpose yards as a return man and running back.

    46 Bill Baird: Baird was one of the best defenders to ever play in the Jets secondary. The ball hawk had 35 interceptions over seven years and capped his career as a veteran leader on the great 1968 and 1969 teams.

    47 Jerry Holmes: Holmes picked off 14 passes over six seasons in the 1980s for the Jets. Since he left the team for the Lions in 1988, only Scott Frost and someone named Greg Werner have worn No. 47.

    48 Bobby Humphery: No. 48 is a number that has been worn with mediocrity for multiple seasons by players like Cornell Gordon, Gus Holloman and Brian Washington. Humphery had the best career wearing the number. He led the NFL in kick return yards in 1984 and ran two back for touchdowns in his six-year Jets career.  

    49 Tony Richardson: The popular leader was an easy choice at No. 49 as only Tony Paige wore the number for multiple seasons besides Richardson. No coincidence that the year he left the team, the locker room fell apart.  

    50 Eric Barton: Barton was a tackling machine at middle linebacker during his five-year stint with the Jets.


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    51 Greg Buttle: This was another tough number to choose as Buttle, Jonathan Vilma and Bryan Cox all played key roles on some very good teams. Buttle is the selection as his Jets career lasted longer than Vilma and Cox. 

    52 John Schmitt: Schmitt was the starting center in Super Bowl III, so right off the bat, he has that going for him. He was a mainstay on the offensive line for eight years, snapping the ball primarily to Joe Namath. There's a chance that David Harris could supplant him years down the line if he continues to play on the level he is at now.

    53 Jim Sweeney: No. 53 is another number with a long line of players to claim it, but only one who really thrived wearing it. Sweeney started every game for the Jets between 1985-1994 including seven straight years as the team's center.

    54 Victor Hobson: Wahoo McDaniel may have been the most interesting person to wear No. 54, but Hobson did it best. He had a nice run for five years with the Jets as a productive linebacker who played strong against the run. 

    55 Marvin Jones: Jones was plagued by injuries early in his career until he switched from No. 54 to No. 55.  After the switch, he had a stretch in which he started all 16 games in six seasons out of seven, missing the entire 1998 season.  

    56 Lance Mehl: Mehl was the heart of the linebacking unit in the 1980s as a productive tackler behind the New York Sack Exchange. Jeff Lageman also did well wearing No. 56, but Mehl was an easy choice. He is a member of the New York Jets All-Time Four Decade Team.

    57 Mo Lewis: Lewis makes for two easy choices in a row at No. 57. The mainstay was a three-time All-Pro during his 13-year Jets career and was the leader on some great teams and some downright awful teams.

    58 James Farrior: Farrior is another player who thrived after he left the Jets. He showed promise as a young player at times but lacked consistency and failed to crack the starting lineup in three of his five seasons on the team. Of course, after he left, he won a Super Bowl and became a Pro Bowl linebacker.

    59 Kyle Clifton: It's been 16 years since Clifton retired and not a single player has been issued No. 59 since. Clifton carried the torch from Lance Mehl as the team's top tackler and was a stalwart for 13 seasons as a Jet. Only four players wore No. 59 before Clifton, and quite honestly, I never heard of any of them.

    60 Larry Grantham: Grantham was the first great defensive superstar of the Jets franchise in the AFL. He started with the Titans at the inception of the franchise in 1960 and was a first-team AFL All-Star in each of his first five seasons. Grantham played with the Jets until 1973 and was a key to the Jets defense during Super Bowl III.


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    61 Bob Talamini: No. 61 is another number that hasn't seen the greatest success during the existence of the New York Jets. Talamini gets the nod over the other 12 players who wore it for the simple fact that he was the starting guard on the Super Bowl III team.  

    He had been an All-Pro guard for the Houston Oilers for eight seasons before coming to the Jets in 1968 for his final season. He served as Namath's blind-side protector.   

    62 Al Atkinson: Atkinson's career overlapped the Jets' run in the AFL and NFL, and of course, encumbered Super Bowl III. Along with Larry Grantham and Ralph Baker, Atkinson was a key part of one of the best linebacker units in the AFL during that time.

    63 Dewayne Robertson: Although Robertson is seen as a bust because of his lofty draft position, he had the most productive career out of any Jet to wear No. 63 by far. Robertson had 15 sacks over his five-year Jets career. He had an easy time beating out J.P. Machado, Carlton Haselrig and Dave Zawatson for this honor.

    64 Guy Bingham: Bingham's inclusion in this list means that every position imaginable is now covered here. Bingham was the team's long snapper for nine seasons in the 1980s and 1990s.  

    He may be best remembered for an altercation with Mark Gastineau when the controversial star crossed the picket lines in 1987 to play. Gastineau contended that Bingham spit at him, so he decided to fight him. 

    65 Joe Fields: Fields is an all-time great Jet and was another cog in a long line of outstanding centers to play for the team. After being drafted in the 14th round of the 1975 NFL draft, Fields played 13 seasons as the Jets center, snapping the ball to Joe Namath, Richard Todd and Ken O'Brien.

    66 Randy Rasmussen: The long-time left guard played for the Jets for 15 years and was the last active member from the Super Bowl III starting lineup. He was in his second year with the team as a 23-year-old in 1968 and retired after starting 15 games for the Jets in 1981.

    67 Dave Herman: Herman was Rasmussen's long-time partner on the Jets' offensive line as the team's right guard from 1964-1973. The two-time Pro Bowler started at right tackle in Super Bowl III.

    68 Kevin Mawae: Although he's sometimes overlooked in the grand scheme of the Jets' history, Kevin Mawae was simply one of the best players to ever play for the franchise. The potential Hall of Fame center spent eight seasons with the Jets and made the Pro Bowl in six of them as arguably the best center in the NFL.

    69 Jason Fabini: Only eight players have worn No. 69 for the New York Jets and just Fabini and Jeff Criswell wore it in multiple seasons. Fabini is the choice as he is a member of the New York Jets All-Time Four Decade Team.

    70 Mike Devito: Devito starts to get some respect for being able to maintain a solid Jets career on some very good teams. He has developed into a fine player on a good defensive line after making the team as an undrafted free agent. He beats out Matt O'Dwyer, Stan Waldemore and Siupeli Malamala for the honor here, not the stiffest of competition.  


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    71 Bill Pickel: Sixteen players have worn No. 71 for the Jets, but only Pickel and Kerry Jenkins wore it for more than three seasons. Pickel's best days came with the Raiders, but he still had something left to give when he joined the Jets in 1991.

    72 Jason Ferguson: Ferguson turned into a solid defensive tackle for the Jets after being drafted in the seventh round in 1997. He became a full-time starter in his second season and recorded 20.5 sacks in seven years with the team.

    73 Joe Klecko: One of three players to have his number retired, No. 73 is associated with Klecko the way No. 12 is with Joe Namath. The real question here is how offensive tackle David Williams got himself No. 73 for the one season he was with the team in 1996.  

    He's the only player to wear it after Klecko. Also, please put Klecko into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    74 Nick Mangold: Mangold is the 20th player to ever wear No. 74 for the Jets, and he just might be the last. Already a four-time Pro Bowler, Mangold is the premiere center in the AFC, and at just 27 years of age, hopefully, has a lot of football left in him.

    75 Winston Hill: Hill was a member of the first class of the Jets' Ring of Honor and was the team's first superstar offensive lineman. Hill played 14 seasons for the Jets and made the Pro Bowl eight times, including seven straight years from 1967-1973.

    76 Jumbo Elliott: Elliott made a name for himself as a member of the New York Giants but also was productive at the end of his career for the Jets. He was the team's starting left tackle on the 1998 AFC Championship team and caught the game-tying touchdown in the Monday Night Miracle.

    77 Kris Jenkins: Jenkins' career as a Jet is going to be more known for injuries than production, but when he was on the field, he was nearly unblockable. Jenkins had incredible quickness for a big man and easily beats out players like Matt Willig, Sid Youngelman and Carl Barzilauskas here.

    78 Barry Bennett: No. 78 is such a weak number for the Jets that Wayne Hunter has a chance to be the best Jet to wear this number, and I am not even kidding. For now, we'll go with Bennett who spent some time rotating in with Joe Klecko, Mark Gastineau and Marty Lyons on the defensive line between 1982-1987. He registered 18.5 sacks during that time.

    79 Marvin Powell: There wasn't much competition at No. 79, and even if there was, they'd have a hard time beating out Powell. Powell was a mainstay on the offensive line for nine seasons, five of which he was rewarded with trips to the Pro Bowl.

    80 Wayne Chrebet: For over a decade, Jets fans unfortunately associated No. 80 with Johnny Lam Jones. Chrebet changed all that with one of the more incredible careers in recent Jets history. Fifteen players were assigned No. 80 before Chrebet came along and nobody has worn it since he left the field after being knocked unconscious in a game in 2005.


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    81 Gerry Philbin: Along with Larry Grantham, Philbin was one of the defensive stars of the Jets early on in their existence. The defensive end was a two-time All Pro and a stalwart at defensive end from 1964 to 1972.  

    82 Mickey Shuler: During a time when Kellen Winslow and Ozzie Newsome were setting records as tight ends in the AFC, Shuler wasn't much far behind. A favorite target of Ken O'Brien, Shuler became a full-time starter in 1984 after six unproductive seasons in the league.  

    Even though it took him a while to break through, he still ended up with nearly 5,000 receiving yards as a Jet and 37 touchdowns.

    83 George Sauer: In the years they played together, Sauer and Don Maynard made up one of the best wide receiver tandems in the AFL. Sauer topped 1,000 yards in three of his first four seasons and was an All-Pro in 1967 and 1968. He only played six seasons for the Jets before leaving the NFL to pursue a career in writing.

    84 Fred Baxter: Although 16 players wore No. 84 for the Jets, the honor of the best to wear the number goes to a blocking tight end who was never a threat in the passing game.

    Baxter played for the Jets for eight years, and in six of them, he failed to catch as many as 10 passes. But, he did his job as a blocker, and when a pass did come he way, he usually made the catch.

    85 Wesley Walker: One of the great Jets of all time, Walker easily stood out among the 12 players who have worn the number for the Jets.  

    86 Verlon Biggs: Biggs was a starting defensive end in Super Bowl III and played for the Jets for six years. He left the Jets after 1970 for the Washington Redskins where he made it to the big stage again in Super Bowl VII.

    87 Laveranues Coles: Coles was an easy choice over Kurt Sohn and Pete Lammons at No. 87. Coles was drafted to the Jets as a projected burner and deep threat, but became one of the toughest possession receivers the Jets have had. Coles always had the fans' respect for his selfless style of play.

    88 Al Toon: Toon was one of the players who I always felt sorry for. He was a big target over the middle for Ken O'Brien, but also, a big target for safeties waiting to drill him.  

    He was one of best receivers in the NFL before having to retire at the age of 29 due to multiple concussions. Toon is a member of the Jets' Ring of Honor and the All-Time Four Decade Team.

    89 Jerricho Cotchery: When the Jets lined Cotchery up at receiver with Coles and Wayne Chrebet, it gave the team, perhaps, the toughest receiving corps in the league. There was not an ounce of fear in any of those players, and they each seemed to make every catch, no matter how difficult or who was bearing down on them.  

    90 Dennis Byrd: Since Dennis Byrd was carted off the field after his horrific neck injury in 1990, no Jets player has worn No. 90 since. In fact, the only time a No. 90 Jets jersey was in the locker room since then, was when Byrd brought back the jersey he was wearing during the play for inspiration. Byrd will have his No. 90 retired this year, and rightfully so.


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    91 Sione Pouha: Pouha is only now reaching his full potential as a defensive lineman in his seventh year as a Jet, but that doesn't mean he can't be the best Jet to ever wear No. 91. Only six defensive players have worn the number for the Jets, and Pouha beats out Paul Frase as the best of the bunch.

    92 Shaun Ellis: Ellis is a slam dunk at No. 92 as only Bobby Hamilton wore the number for more than two seasons. Ellis was a stalwart on the defensive line for 11 seasons in green and white. He won't get any points taken away for leaving the Jets in 2011 to join the rival Patriots.

    93 Marty Lyons: The second member of the New York Sack Exchange to make an appearance, but not the last. Lyons played for the Jets for 11 seasons and is now the team's radio announcer.  

    94 John Abraham: Ever since Abraham left in 2005, the team has been trying to find a player who can get to the quarterback consistently on his own. Even though he was plagued by injuries during his six-year Jets career, he registered double-digit sacks in each of his three full seasons.  

    Abraham is going into his 13th season in the NFL and still going strong, racking up 22.5 sacks over the past two seasons. 

    95 Rick Lyle: No. 95 is somewhat of a forgotten number in Jets history. Nobody wore the number until 1984, and the only players who wore it for more than two years were Lyle and Tom Baldwin. Lyle was the team's starting defensive end from 1997-2000 and had 11 sacks in his five-year Jets career.

    96 Muhammad Wilkerson: Not far behind No. 95 in lack of talent is No. 96. Wilkerson is the best player to wear the uniform after just one season, and it really wasn't even close. Mark Gunn was under consideration for the simple fact that he lasted on the team for four seasons. Besides that, there isn't even a player worth listing.

    97 Marvin Washington: In my opinion, Washington was the biggest hard-luck Jet of all time. He came onto the scene right at the ugly end of the Joe Walton era and left the Jets eight years later in the midst of the Rich Kotite days. A full career of misery. He was a good soldier who had 37.5 sacks in eight years with the team.

    98 Bobby Hamilton: No. 98 is hands-down the worst number in Jets history. Sixteen players wore No. 98, and none did anything special while wearing it. Hamilton wore it during the 2006 season in which he batted down one pass and made 19 tackles. He did, at least, fare better wearing No. 92 during his first run with the team from 1996-1999.

    99 Mark Gastineau: When Gastineau put on the No. 99 jersey for the first time in 1979, he became the first player in franchise history to wear that number.  He also made the biggest impact.  

    All of his antics aside, Gastineau was one of the most dominating players the Jets have had regardless of position and will always be associated with that number for Jets fans. Strong players like Hugh Douglas, Jason Taylor and Bryan Thomas have also worn No. 99, but none did it like Gastineau.


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