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2016 NFL Hall of Fame Class: One Former Jet Among Inductees

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The Jets are represented in the 2016 Hall of Fame class by one player who had a cup of coffee with the team in 2008.

Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Brett Favre, quarterback

Marvin Harrison, wide receiver

Kevin Greene, defensive end/linebacker

Orlando Pace, tackle

Tony Dungy, coach

Ken Stabler, quarterback

Dick Stanfel, guard

Eddie DeBartolo Jr., owner

Favre is clearly the headliner of the class. He spent the 2008 season in New York after a blockbuster trade with Green Bay brought the legend to the Jets. Favre got off to a great start, leading the Jets to an 8-3 record capped by a win against the then undefeated Titans. Somewhere along the line, he sustained a shoulder injury that limited him down the stretch. He struggled, and the Jets lost four of their last five to miss the Playoffs. Favre retired. The Jets drafted Mark Sanchez, which led them to release Favre, a move that seemed like a technicality at the time. It wasn't. Favre ended up coming out of retirement and was a free agent. The release allowed him to sign with any team, and he chose Minnesota.

It is also legend that the Jets influenced by then executive Ron Wolf had Favre as the number one player on their board during the 1991 NFL Draft. The team tried to trade up to get him, but the Falcons ended up with Favre. Wolf remained very high on Favre. When he became Packers general manager, he worked out a deal to bring the quarterback to Green Bay. The rest is history.