Jets’ Mt. Rushmore may not have many recent faces

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The process for nominating players, coaches, etc. to each team’s Mt. Rushmore has made its way back to Broadway, with the Jets officially on the clock.

For Fireman Ed and company, the challenge is to show us your nominees for the four greatest contributors in franchise history.

The problem is that there likely won’t be many players or others from recent years.  Those back-to-back AFC title game appearances are looking more and more like aberrations, and the best player from those teams (Darrelle Revis) only played five years and a slice of a sixth.

But nominate whoever/whomever/whatever you want.  From Joe Namath to Tim Tebow, everyone is eligible at this stage of the process.  Eventually, we’ll trim the field to a dozen or so finalists for official voting.

At least, as official as online poll voting ever gets.

101 responses to “Jets’ Mt. Rushmore may not have many recent faces

  1. Really the Jets don’t have that much historical talent. First thought:

    Ronnie Lott (1993)
    John Riggins (1971-75)
    Art Monk (1994)
    Brett Favre (2008)

    Slightly more seriously…
    the two LOCKS:

    Joe Namath
    Curtis Martin

    After that, I think you really have to go with the only other two HOFers, and who were also part of the lone super bowl title:

    Don Maynard
    Weeb Ewbank

    Honorable mention goes to the NY Sack Exchange, Joe Klecko and Mark Gastineau, the rightful holder of the single season sack record.

    The only other players deserving of nominations are Dennis Byrd and Wayne Chrebebet, but to get to 12 we’ll add Al Toon, Freeman McNeil, Winston Hill and Larry Grantham. Unless you want to include Darelle Revis as the lucky 13th.

  2. I wouldn’t put revis on there nothing against him but not a symbol of the team especially now that he’s gone a little past prime of his career

  3. Joe Namath – likes hooking up with Suzy Kolber
    Curtis Martin – probably the best player in team history
    Don Maynard – put up absurd WR numbers at a time when the league was still dominated by the running game
    WEEB EWBANK – only coach in football history to EVER win championships with two different teams, let alone to win his second championship against his first team (the Colts)

    I’d love to put Joe Klecko, especially since he’s a Temple grad, but I’m being squeezed by the need to pick 4. If it’s only players, it’s Klecko. But there’s absolutely no way that the Jets Mt. Rushmore can be a thing without Ewbank included.

  4. Curtis Martin
    Joe Klecko
    Mark Gastineau
    Chrebet/Pennington

    Namath is a blowhard with a starting record if 64-64-4, and
    173-220 T/D ratio. Hes only famous bc of a very lucky SB gaurentee. You cant seriously consider him candidat with those stats, anymore tan you coukd trnt dilfer for BMore

  5. Joe Namath
    Curtis Martin
    Joe Klecko
    Nick Mangold

    Don Maynard and Weeb Ewbank are deserving as well, but I went with Mangold because he has been awesome lately. I’d love to see Mark Gastineau up there as well…

  6. Darrelle Revis
    Joe Namath
    Curtis Martin
    and…
    and…
    Nobody is really deserving! That is horrible, a major city with the long tradition – and only three people that are worthy? Unbelievable…

    If forced, I guess I’ll throw in Mark Gastineau.

  7. Why are people pretending that it’s going to be hard to do the Jets when half of the teams done already are historically worse than the Jets. We’ve had plenty of good players amd coaches, just no hardware.

    Namath
    Martin
    Chrebet
    Maynard

    Boozer
    Weeb
    Winston Hill
    Philbin

    Gastineau
    Klecko
    Salaam
    Lyons

    Wismer
    Hess
    Mo Lewis
    Pat Leahy

    Kevin Mawae
    Revis
    Mangold
    Keyshawn

    Snell
    Toon
    Walker
    Schuler

    That’s a pretty large amount of names for a “circus franchise” and I’m surely forgetting some, as well.

  8. joe namath
    curtis martin
    randy rassmussen
    winston hill
    joe schmitt
    emerson boozer
    matt snell
    wesley walker
    greg buttle
    al toon
    john riggins
    richard caster

  9. Don Maynard
    Curtis Martin
    Joe Klecko
    Mark Gastineau

    Had Namath on here until I read his career stats.

  10. Joe Namath
    Don Maynard
    Curtis Martin
    Wayne Chrebet

    I would’ve gladly replaced Chrebet with Klecko, Gastineau, or Ewbank, but Chrebet had a near cult following when he played… in New York, anyways.

    I’m a little disappointed to NOT see the names of Richard Todd, Keyshawn, Babe Parilli, or Blair Thomas.

  11. 1st four gotta go with our Hall o Famers…

    Weeb Ewbank
    Joe Namath
    Don Maynard
    Curtis Martin
    ————————
    Rounding out the remaining baker’s dozen…

    Wayne Cherbet
    Mark Gastineau
    Nick Mangold
    Joe Klecko
    Darryl Revis
    Rex Ryan
    Laveranues Coles
    Wesley Walker
    Pat Leahy

    And 1 Honorable Mention… Fireman Ed

  12. After Namath, every name is a very distant second – all strike me as reaches for Mt. Rushmore status.

    I love Curtis Martin, but he’s the second best player in NYJ history? Really?

  13. Namath, Maynard, Martin, Klecko.

    For those saying that Namath doesn’t belong, there’s more to football than stats and sometimes you just have to see people play. Namath doesn’t belong in the Fantasy HoF but definitely deserves to be in Canton.

  14. Weeb Ewbank
    Joe Namath
    Joe Klecko
    Curtis Martin

    Tough not to include Don Maynard

    Joe Klecko is the most accomplished and dominant player in Jets history and should be a hall of tamer. Made pro bowl at every position on the d-line.

  15. Joe Klecko
    Curtis Martin
    Joe Namath
    Don Maynard

    Honorable mentions…Al Toon, Wesley Walker, Mark Gastineau and one to consider, Winston Hill (only Jet to be named to 8 all star games and still not in the HoF). I am still scratching my head over this.

  16. I never thought the Jets would have a hard time filling out a Mt. Rushmore (I thought the Jags was hard considering they have no deep history).

    No names are really jumping out at me but here goes…
    1 Joe Namath
    2 Curtis Martin
    3 I guess Don Maynard
    4 I guess Mo Lewis

    Lol jeez

  17. Weeb Ewbank
    Joe Namath
    Don Maynard
    Curtis Martin

    Honorable mention–Joe Klecko, Matt Snell, Emerson Boozer, Al Toon, and Wahoo McDaniel

    Some of the names I’ve read above, with their low achievement/accomplishment ratio, tell me just how undistinguished this franchise has been for over 40 years and just how much publicity goes to players who haven’t done much beyond have “New York” as part of their team’s name.

  18. This is a no-brainer for Jets fans:

    Ewbank
    Namath
    Maynard
    Martin

    Those claiming to be Jets fans who don’t include Ewbank, Namath, and Maynard don’t know spit about the Jets or NFL history.

  19. Namath was pathetic. He threw more INT’s than he did TD’s over his career. The only reason he gets any recognition was because of his guarantee. If he was wrong on that, know one today would even know who he was.

    Maybe this also speaks to the quality of the Jets as a rather unsuccessful franchise.

  20. Namath
    Maynard
    Martin
    Revis

    Hon. Mention to Philbin. Before my time (like Broadway Joe and Maynard), but the old legends insist that Philbin was one hell of a baller in his era. Their words mean a lot in this context.

  21. @nouo4 …

    That you think the guarantee is the only reason Namath was recognized as a great QB demonstrates your complete lack of football knowledge. You can’t view the game in the late 60s and early 70s in terms of stats from 2013, child. Try learning something about the history of the league and the men who built it. Namath was a power on the football field–and that had nothing to do with an offhand guarantee he made in a moment of being annoyed at reporters.

  22. Joe Namath
    Matt Snell
    Emerson Boozer
    Mark Gastineau
    Don Maynard
    Curtis Martin
    Joe Klecko
    Dennis Byrd
    Wesley Walker
    Larry Grantham
    Freeman McNeil
    Al Toon

  23. Namath
    Martin
    Mawae
    Klecko

    draft busts?

    Gholston
    Johny Lam Jones
    Dewayne Robertson
    Blair Thomas

    Absolute wall of shame (google them lol)
    Rich Kotite
    Everett McIver
    Vance Joseph
    Mark Gastenaeu…….browns playoff game late hit

  24. Joe Namath, Don Maynard, Curtis Martin, Mo Lewis, Joe Klecko, Weeb Ewbank, Leon Hess, Wayne Chrebet, Larry Grantham, Marvin Jones .

    I would include Revis, considering he’s arguably the best player we’ve ever had, but I just don’t like the guy off the field.

  25. broadway joe, don maynard, curtis martin, weeb ewbank

    joe klecko, wesley walker, al toon, freeman mcneil, pat leahy, wayne chrebet, emerson boozer, jerry philbin, george sauer, darelle revis, mark gastineau, martyl lyons, kevin mawae…

    tons of greats.

  26. Some other forgotten Jet greats:
    Jim Turner
    Johnny Sample
    George Sauer Jr.
    Gerry Philbin
    Keyshawn Johnson
    Verlon Biggs
    Sherman Plunkett
    Pete Lammons
    Mike Battle

  27. Been getting a bit tired of people posting bad or controversial players on teams “Mount Rushmore” lists (the jokes been done to death guys). But with the jets it’s somehow seems the right thing to do.

  28. Curtis Martin, Joe Namath, Weeb Ewbank, Mark Gastineau.

    Definitely some others that can be thrown in there, one name in particular I’m surprised no one has mentioned is Bill Parcells. I know his time with the team was short and thus making it hard for him to be of “Mt Rushmore” status, but he turned a 1-15 team into a Super Bowl contender.

  29. How can Tebow’s picture be up there when talking about Mt. Rushmore?

    Anyway, here it is…

    Joe Namath
    Weeb Ewbank
    Joe Klecko
    Curtis Martin

    HM: Mark Gastineau, Freeman McNeil

  30. Regarding the headline, “Jets’ Mt. Rushmore may not have many recent faces” — but they certainly do have decades of recent feces.

    And their fans are so noble. Every draft, we get to watch 68 bloated self-loathing goons obnoxiously venting their misery at life at another botched draft pick.

    Gotta love da Jets. Loves ’em I tells ya.

  31. Namath
    Namath
    Namath
    and
    Namath

    But really:
    Namath
    Maynard
    George Sauer
    Gerry Philbin

  32. The Core Four:

    Weeb Ewbank
    Don Maynard
    Mark Gastineau
    Joe Namath

    Honorable Mentions:

    Darrelle Revis would be a lock. Now, the question will be whether his career history is more notable during the time when he was with the Jets or the time he’ll spend with Tampa Bay. We’ll see!

    Curtis Martin. I feel he was more valuable than Joe, over their careers as Jets, but winning a Super Bowl does help lift your placement.

  33. Joe Namath
    Don Maynard
    Curtis Martin
    Weeb Ewbank

    HM:
    Wayne Chrebet
    Revis
    Mark Gastineau

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