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NY Jets: An Era-Defining Decision

5th Annual NFL Honors - Arrivals Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

November 28th, 1965.

That was the last, and only, day in history on which the New York Jets selected a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

I wasn’t walking this earth yet - decades away from it actually. Chances are, most of you reading this weren’t around either.

If you were, much kudos to you for sticking around the Jets this long.

This day is for you.

Wind the clocks forward 53 years, and here we sit. Not one quarterback to don a Jets uniform has been able to do what Joe Willie guaranteed he would do nearly five decades ago.

Nobody did it wearing kelly green and white. Nobody has done it wearing hunter green and white.

Nobody did it in Queens. Nobody did it at Giants Stadium. Nobody has done it at New Meadowlands Stadium or MetLife Stadium.

The current head honchos, Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan, have just led the Jets to their first pair of back-to-back losing seasons since 1995-1996. Inheriting a four season playoff skid, the duo has extended the franchise’s span of non-playoff seasons to seven; the team’s longest since 1970-1980.

Circumstances have allowed them to retain their power chairs. A 10-6 debut year bought them time; the delayed rebuild that followed bought them even more.

April 26th, 2018. This is it.

For Todd Bowles. For Mike Maccagnan.

For the New York Jets.

And most importantly, for the sanity of their fanbase.

Baker Mayfield. Josh Rosen. Sam Darnold. And even Josh Allen.

The Jets finally made an all-in move towards acquiring the savior they’ve searched endlessly for, ensuring their shot at least two of this perceived “big four.”

Hit this pick out of the park, and this day will forever live in the annals of both Jets and football history, remembered by fans as the one day where their years of suffering were finally redeemed.

Miss this pick? Well...........

Just make this one count. Your move, Jets.


Jets fans: how are you feeling on this draft day?

This poll is closed

  • 30%
    Super excited
    (239 votes)
  • 43%
    Nervously excited
    (332 votes)
  • 12%
    Super nervous
    (97 votes)
  • 10%
    Stern wait-and-see-approach
    (81 votes)
  • 2%
    As emotional as a stick
    (23 votes)
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