In recent years, it has become regular to see players who spent a brief stretch near the end of their careers with the Jets to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ronnie Lott, Art Monk, and Brett Favre come to mind. You wouldn’t think of any of those players as Jets. They aren’t going to the Hall of Fame because of what they did in Jets uniforms. Still they had brief stretches with the team.
Tonight two more former Jets go into the Hall of Fame, LaDainian Tomlinson and Jason Taylor.
Tomlinson had a lengthy stretch where he was the best running back in the league with the San Diego Chargers. He came to the Jets in 2010 and spent a pair of seasons with the team in a reduced role. He had a hot start to his Jets career, but his production dropped noticeably after his first five games with the team.
It was amazing to see Jason Taylor ever put on a Jets uniform. He was the biggest antagonist of the team and its fanbase, frequently taking potshots. Taylor ended up signing with the Jets in 2010 by his own admission because they were the only team interested in his services. He put together a reasonably productive 5 sack season in 2010. He was far away from the types of contributions that made him a former Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the All Decade Team.
Joining Taylor and Tomlinson are Morten Andersen, Jerry Jones, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, and Kurt Warner.
What: 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
When: Saturday, August 5 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Hall of Fame Museum, Canton, OH
TV: NFL Network