EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Tony Richardson #49 of the New York Jets stiff arms Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
When the Jets inked Tony Richardson to a new deal in 2008, they knew they were getting a quality veteran fullback that could help get the porous running game back on track. They knew what kind of man Tony is, but they probably never foresaw the emotional impact he would have on this team during his time as a Jet.
On the field, its hard to tell that Tony is as old as he is. He rarely misses a block or assignment, he makes sure everyone is doing their job, and has been a crutch for our young Mark Sanchez - between him and Mangold, there's a lot of quality knowledge being poured into Mark's head before every snap (which is sometimes canceled out by Schotty's input). He did all he could to help the young John Conner take his job (and it appears he will in 2011).
It is unlikely that Richardson will see another year in green and white, but there is no denying the enormous impact he has had on this team.
Let's recap the list so far:
15: LaDainian Tomlinson
14: Mark Sanchez
13: Tony Richardson
Hint for #12: This player was an undrafted free agent, and is the first defensive player on the list.