Next week will be TJB Hall of Fame week here on TheJetsBlog.com. It’s a chance to get nostalgic over some players from Jets history, as we will select a group of players to be inducted into our humble hall of fame. Each player selected will be featured in an in-depth tribute article, giving you a chance to either learn about an old-time player or to reminisce about the good old days. These tributes are important to us and, in our opinion, comprise some of the best writing we’ve ever featured on this site, so we encourage you to check back through the archives to look at some of the previous articles.
This post contains details of all of the inductees so far, links to each tribute article and information about some of the top candidates yet to be inducted.
The basic criteria for the Hall of Fame is simply that these are players that we fondly remember. While in most cases these will be the elite players in Jets history with standout performance, productivity and/or longevity, this is also supposed to acknowledge players who were under-appreciated or fan favorites. If a player was a key contributor to a fondly-recalled victory, your hero when you were growing up, or – heck- just a guy you’d love to read a well-written tribute about, then he deserves consideration.
Here’s where it gets fun because, for the first time ever, we’re going to let YOU decide one of the inductees. After the jump, a poll to allow you to vote for your favorite and we also encourage you to make an impassioned case for (or against) any or all of these candidates. Don’t limit the discussion to that though, you can also discuss other potential inductees, many of which are discussed in the above link.
Your chance to vote
The result of this poll will determine one of this year’s inductees. The candidates:
* Vinny Testaverde – Home grown product. Seven seasons as a Jet, played for six other teams, All-Pro in 1998, led the Jets to AFC Title Game in 1998, 35-26 record as Jets starter, led the Monday Night Miracle, 77 touchdown passes as a Jet.
* Ken O’Brien – Nine seasons as a Jet, played for one other team, Pro Bowler in 1985 and 1991, led the Jets to the playoffs three times, 50-55-1 as a Jets starter, 124 touchdown passes as a Jet, led the NFL in passer rating in 1985.
* Chad Pennington – Eight seasons as a Jet, played for one other team, no Pro Bowl appearances, led the Jets to the playoffs three times in five years, 32-29 as a Jets starter, 82 touchdown passes as a Jet, led the NFL in completion percentage and passer rating in 2002.
We look forward to reading your views in the comments. The selection committee will take into account your views, because this is your hall of fame. Do remember though, this is just a bit of fun…